I want to emphasize, explicitly, in order stop the political speculations – we support the state unity and territorial integrity of the Republic of Macedonia. We do not have a problem with the name of the Republic of Macedonia, we recognize the country under a constitutional name. We are ready to help resolving the dispute with other countries in order to finally open the doors of Macedonia for full membership in NATO. Today, this was announced by the Bulgarian Minister of Defense, Krasimir Karakachanov, after the meeting he had with his Macedonian counterpart and host, Radmila Šekerinska .

In a response to a journalist question whether there will be changes in the ideology and his views regarding the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria after the signing of the Agreement on good neighborly relations between the two countries, Karakachanov said that the topic is very long and if anyone is interested in the history of the Macedonian question, he could to give “special lessons” as a historian, but, today, he has come to Macedonia as a Minister of Defense.

“I have always thought that we should not think up problems, especially when there aren’t any, there is no such problem in Bulgaria. Here I am in the role of the Minister of Defense. If you want to talk about history, I will speak as a historian. Such topics are not in favour for good relations between the two countries”, he said.

Shekerinska and Karakachanov stressed that today’s meeting, among other things, has been held to show that the agreement signed by the two countries will not remain only in words.

“The agreement and the events after the signing, shows that the two countries are aware that only through good neighborly relations our region can move forward and guarantee our mutual security”, said Šekerinska.