Lavrov: The EU is passive in regards to the Tirana platform and the violation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, reiterated Macedonia yesterday, stating that Moscow is “concerned about the EU’s passivity with regard to the initiative coming from Tirana about the “Tirana platform” which, as he said, is “an explicit call for creating a Greater Albania”.

“There are enough examples which give us cause for concern. Most recently, when parliamentary elections were held in Macedonia, the chairman of the parliament, once elected to this post, entered his office and put an Albanian flag on his desk. In Macedonia! The other day, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama proudly announced that it was he who, from Albania, initiated a draft law in the Macedonian parliament that gives the Albanian language the status of the state language”, said Lavrov answering a journalist’s question at a press conference with Vucic, during his official visit to Serbia.

In this way, said the Russian Foreign Minister, the Ohrid Framework Agreement was abrogated “which everyone took with a sigh of relief and which created a basis for overcoming the crisis in Macedonia many years ago.”

“If someone tries to erode these achievements and agreements, then things that it took so much effort to develop as well as agree upon, be it in Macedonia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, or elsewhere in western Balkans, will be lost. I believe we have every reason to ask the European Union to report back to us on how it fulfills its own decisions and to what extent it is up to the credit of trust that the international community has given it”, stated Lavrov.

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