Today, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said that the staff from the Serbian embassy in Macedonia was withdrawn for consultations in Belgrade, after Serbian intelligence agencies “received sufficient evidence of many offensive intelligence activities against Serbian authorities and institutions.”

“It is our job to be ready and willing to protect our friendship between Serbs and Macedonians and to find out how to act in a different manner and new environment that we did not know until a few months ago. There are many speculations and I think that in the next 10 days, everything will be much clearer”, said Vučić today.

When asked by reporters, if the crisis with the relations with Macedonia is connected to Kosovo’s UNESCO membership, Vučić said that “Serbia will protect its interests and build good relations with Skopje.”

All of the staff from the Serbian embassy in Skopje last night were withdrawn for emergency consultations in Belgrade.

The Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it received a note from the Serbian embassy concerning the withdrawal of staff, and the Interior Ministry confirmed that it has taken increased measures to secure the embassy.

Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić said earlier that she had consulted with and Serbian Foreign Minister, Ivica Dačić and said briefly “it’s not a minor issue.”