The joint visit and travel by the Bulgarian state plane of the two delegations is considered as a step towards warming the climate between the two countries and at the moment when the Portuguese proposal for resolving the dispute between Skopje and Sofia and unblocking the European integration process is on the table. Northern Macedonia.
Radev arrived in Skopje after previously staying in Brussels, from where optimistic signals came for a possible merger of relations with a solution that would enable the opening of Skopje’s negotiations with Brussels.
“The support of the EU is important, but more important is the support of Bulgaria, and for that to happen we must sit quietly and honestly at the table and specify all the problems between us and how to solve them. “We want to see a stable and irreversible process, not just declarations,” Radevi said.
Bulgaria’s new Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev also warned that his first priority would be to restore trust and intensify bilateral dialogue between Bulgaria and northern Macedonia.
“We are open to dialogue. “What is needed is stability, a constructive attitude in the dialogue and I can say that the goal is to achieve lasting and irreversible results in establishing trust between the two countries,” Stoevi said.
Osmani: June summit real chance for RMV
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, stated that the country’s path to the European Union passes through Bulgaria, without the approval of which the accession negotiations cannot begin, but that Sofia should not miss this opportunity if it wants a stable Balkans.
“Bulgaria should not miss the opportunity of the June EU summit to approve the country to start membership negotiations, if it wants a stable Balkans,” Osmani said.
German support for Balkan integration continues
German State Minister for Europe Michael Roth will pay a two-day visit to northern Macedonia. The future of the Berlin Process and issues related to the European perspective of the country and the region will be the main topics of conversation with the senior German diplomat, say the Secretariat for European Affairs.
“Given Germany’s strong and active commitment during and after its EU presidency, this visit is a continuation of German efforts for a common approach to the European path of Northern Macedonia,” the ECA statement said.
Before arriving in Skopje, German State Minister for Europe Michael Roth said it was high time the European Union fulfilled its promises to start membership negotiations with northern Macedonia and Albania.
“The future of the Western Balkans is European, now we must act decisively so that there is no doubt about this future,” Michael Roth wrote on Twitter./ DW