“The parliament session over a second vote of the law ratifying the name agreement will be scheduled on July 5 or 6, said Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi on Friday.
Speaker Xhaferi said that if President Gjorge Ivanov failed to sign the decree for the law’s promulgation for the second time, the same solution would be used for both that law and the law on the use of languages. One of the options is to forward the laws to the Official Gazette without the President’s signature.
However, Xhaferi left room for Ivanov to change his mind and sign the agreement during ‘this historic period for the country.'” (Nezavisen)
“Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Macedonia’s possible NATO membership was the country’s ‘sovereign affair.’
Peskov also said that but Moscow’s attitude towards the process of moving the alliance’s infrastructure closer to Russia’s borders ‘remains unchanged.’
‘That’s a sovereign affair of Macedonia itself. We appreciate and value our good relations with Macedonia and are interested in cultivating our relations. However, as far as efforts to move NATO’s infrastructure and the alliance in general closer to our borders are concerned, you know only too well what Moscow’s attitude to that process is. Nothing has changed in this respect,’ Peskov said, according to TASS.” (B92)
“Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in an interview with Deutsche Welle, assessed in Macedonian as ‘historic’ EU decision to start accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, assessing that the EU’s consolidation will be completed only when the Union accepts the Western Balkans.
Asked that he had different interpretations of the decision of the European Commission, and that the Government claimed it was a historical feature, while critics estimate that it is only one more delay and disappointment for Macedonia, Zaev estimates that ‘there is no other description of the decision, the fact that it is historical.'”(translated from Nova Makedonija)