The result of the referendum in Macedonia shows that voters have decided to boycott solutions imposed from outside, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“Leading politicians from NATO and the European Union were directly involved in the propaganda campaign, not refraining from interfering in the country’s internal affairs. Despite the fact that two thirds of the citizens of Macedonia did not support the Prespa Agreement, the results of the referendum were immediately welcomed by EU and NATO leaders, as well as from Washington. They are determined to include Skopje in NATO despite the opposite attitude of Macedonian citizens,” the Russia Foreign Ministry said.

Moscow, as they point out, continues to advocate a principled position that a long-term solution can be found only between the two countries, without interference from outside, and exclusively within the legal system and with broad public support.

“It is clear that the Prespa Agreement does not meet these criteria. It is contradictory to international law and the Macedonian Constitution, which was repeatedly emphasized by President Gjorge Ivanov, including his address to the UN General Assembly. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is closely monitoring the situation. We think that in accordance with paragraph 3 of UN Security Council Resolution 845, the results of the negotiations between Skopje and Athens should be considered in the Security Council,” reads the statement.

Russian Ambassador Sergey Bazdnikin said in an interview with “Sputnik” that the fact of the matter is that the results of the vote confirmed that the referendum was void, given that only 36.9 per cent of the voters voted in the referendum, to get 50% plus one voter.