“The Foreign Ministry in Macedonia has responded to Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and VMRO party leader Krassimir Karakachanov’s threat to block the country’s path to the EU and NATO if its Prime Minister Zoran Zaev continues to claim the Prespa Agreement recognizes a ‘Macedonian language.’

Words such as those by Karakachanov could create negative attitudes and hostility instead of friendship, the Foreign Ministry said.

‘The Republic of Macedonia will continue its active, constructive and good neighborly policy in the future in the spirit of the Treaty with Bulgaria and the European values,’ the Foreign Ministry said.” (Nezavisen)

“Russia’s foreign minister has accused the United States of interfering in Macedonian politics after the small Balkan state struck a deal with Greece this summer to officially change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia.

Sergei Lavrov said the US was bullying the country of 2 million people into ratifying a treaty agreed with Greece in July in order to increase its chances of joining Nato.” (Telegraph)

“VMRO-DPMNE MP Vlatko Gjorcev during his visit to the United States met with James Karafano, director of the Heritage Center for Foreign Policy and Deputy Director of the Davis Institute for Foreign Policy.

Gjorchev informed the interlocutor of the current situation in Macedonia, the political persecution, the daily threats to the opposition, the pressures on the media, the introduction of the judiciary and the worsened economic situation, as reported by VMRO-DPMNE.” (translated from MakFax)