“Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, will head the government delegation in an official visit to Slovenia (on Monday and Tuesday). The delegation will consist of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Oliver Spasovski, Minsiter of Economy Kreshnik Bektesi, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Agriculture Ljupco Nikolovski, Minister of Diaspora Edmond Ademi, and State Secretary Viktor Dimovski Minister in charge of Diaspora Viktor Dimovski.  After Prime Minister Miro Cecar conducts the welcoming ceremony, they will have a tete-a-tete meeting, as minsiters in the government will have bilateral meetings with their counterparts in the Slovenian government, followed by a joint plenary meeting of ministers. Zaev met with members of the Ministry of Interior of Slovenia who participated in the mission to support the Republic of Macedonia in securing our southern border during the migrant crisis on the first day of the visit. The second day of the visit will begin with a working breakfast with Zaev meeting a delegation of Slovenian businessmen. Zaev, then will meet with the Speaker of the National Assembly Milan Brglez, and the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.” (MakFax)

‘If Macedonia becomes a NATO member, reactions are expected to come from Russia’, declared PM Zoran Zaev in a recent interview given for a radio station in Montenegro. But, yesterday (9 Nov.), the Russian embassy in Skopje has reacted by criticizing the declaration made by PM Zaev. ‘We were dumbfounded by Mr. Zaev’s interview regarding last year’s events in Montenegro. The honorable Prime Minister has referred to several so called ‘reports’ and ‘analysts’ alluding that the Russian Federation has interfered in these events and that it is trying to do the same against Mr. Zaev’s too. We would like to declare that these statements are baseless and we totally reject them’, the Russian embassy declared. Furthermore, according to the Russian embassy, these declarations ruin the atmosphere of trust that exists between the two countries. ‘This is against Skopje’s commitment of building constructive relations with Russia and the will to build friendly relations between the two countries’, the Russian embassy in Skopje declared. (BalkanEU)