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.
Karakachanov, in a statement issued by VMRO on December 8, had advised Zaev not to “misuse” the topic of the Macedonian language.
The VMRO leader accused the representatives of Macedonia on the joint commission with Bulgaria on shared history of wanting to “validate a false version of history”.
Karakachanov said that he could not accept “people with unclear views and with an inverted reading of the history to slip into NATO and the EU, on the back and at the expense of Bulgaria and historical justice, least of all by pushing the Macedonian language behind the scenes”.
He said that unless the joint historical commission acknowledged that up to 1944, the Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Bulgaria had a shared history, he would insist that an annex be added to the bilateral good-neighborliness treaty specifying this.
If this was refused, he would oppose Bulgaria’s support for the neighboring country joining NATO and the EU, he said.