The government said this afternoon that it will not jump to hasty conclusions about the withdrawal of the entire staff of Serbia’s embassy in the country for consultations in Belgrade, they welcomed statements from officials in Belgrade for “protecting friendly relations and restoring conditions in the usual framework”

“The Republic of Macedonia is developing friendly relations with all neighboring countries. The new Government of the Republic of Macedonia is absolutely committed and undertakes intense steps in the direction of resolving as opposed to creating problems, promoting good neighborly relations, cooperation and partnership with the Republic of Serbia, as well as with other countries in the region. We are convinced that it is the only way that the region moves forward. Regarding this concrete case, without bringing hasty conclusions, we welcome the announcements from Belgrade for the protection of friendly relations and restoration of the situation in the usual framework”, reads the government statement.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić today stated that staff from the Serbian embassy in Macedonia have been withdrawn for consultations in Belgrade since sufficient intelligence was obtained by Serbian intelligence authorities for many offensive intelligence activities against the authorities and institutions of Serbia”.