The Russian Embassy reacted in writing to a statement made by the Macedonian government yesterday regarding the meeting between Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Russian Ambassador Oleg Shcherbak. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the country argues that the government’s statement did not convey the exact messages from the Russian ambassador addressed to the Prime Minister.
“The embassy informs that the text of this announcement is not in line with the Russian side and does not represent a completely correct reflection of the separate assessments that were made during the conversation by the Russian ambassador. At the same time, the Russian side confirms its commitment to a comprehensive and constructive promotion of traditionally friendly relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Macedonia”, read the statement.
A statement from the government press service said that Zaev and Shcherbak’s joint assessment was that the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the country were not and should not be an obstacle for the development of bilateral relations between Macedonia and Russia, especially since both countries have a position on a sustainable system of security in the world. This, according to the government press service, was the joint assessment of today’s meeting between Prime Minister Zoran Zaev with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Macedonia, Oleg Shcherbak.
The Russian ambassador, as he states in the government statement regarding the meeting, congratulated Prime Minister Zaev’s energetic commitment and his contribution to the democratic processes that move Macedonia forward and expressed respect for the policies that will lead to Euro-Atlantic integration of Macedonia, as well as the promotion of relations with others states.