Ex-Foreign Min Warns against Bulgaria's Harsh Tone on Russia

Politics » DIPLOMACY | May 22, 2015, Friday // 09:06
Bulgaria: Ex-Foreign Min Warns against Bulgaria's Harsh Tone on Russia Kristian Vigenin, former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria (2013-2014). Photo by BGNES

Recent comments by Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov about Moscow's "irresponsible" approach to the situation in Macedonia are very dangerous, Mitov's predecessor Kristian Vigenin has said.

Vigenin commented on Friday morning Russian claims that Bulgaria and Albania might be aspiring to partition Macedonia amid street protests and political infighting. An official statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was followed by a swift reaction by Bulgaria's top diplomat, who fended off his claims.

"We all know that Bulgaria has no intention whatsoever to meddle in Macedonia's domestic affairs," Vigenin, who served under PM Plamen Oresharski in 2013-2014, has said.

Vigenin, however, warned against the "superficial" idea that the US and Russia were clashing in Macedonia: "Processes and issues in Macedonia haven't been piling up since yesterday. It is normal for people to demand a change in the political leadership which brought the country to a dead end."

His interlocutor in the Friday morning broadcast was MEP Andrey Kovatchev (EPP), who supported the actions of Mitov praising them as "adequate".

Kovatchev for his part said that whatever happens to PM Nikola Gruevski's government, it won't mean outright support should be thrown in Bulgaria or Europe on any other Macedonian politician.

He also reiterated his calls for a change in Macedonian attitude to the word "Bulgarian", where in his words it is still considered an "insult."

"They are trying to build their state very aggressively there. I don't want to say things which in this situation might be misused," Vigenin added to support Kovatchev.

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Tags: Kristian Vigenin, macedonia, Daniel Mitov, Sergey Lavrov, Nikola Gruevski, Bulgaria, Albania, Andrey Kovatchev
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