Russian FM calls on Macedonia to join South Stream April 23, 2011Posted by Yilan in Human rights abuses, Macedonia, Russia.
Tags: Macedonia, Russia, Sergey Lavrov
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov called on Macedonia to consider joining the South Stream gas pipeline project during his daylong visit to Skopje on Wednesday.
“Russia is seriously considering the possibility that South Stream passes through Macedonia,” the Russian minister said.
During his meeting with Macedonian officials in Ohrid, Lavrov also sent a message that Macedonia did not have to choose between Europe and Russia, adding that thesis was outdated.
“Unfortunately, some European politicians cling to the outdated logic, forcing some countries to make such choices – either you are in Europe or with Russia,” pointed out the Russian minister, who was the first Russian foreign minister to visit Macedonia after a whole decade.
Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Miloshoski said that Macedonia would cooperate with Russia as long as both countries had common interests like other European countries.
“This friendship and this visit are an investment in developing the common goals, Miloshoski said, adding that the divisions into East and West from the Cold War period had become a thing of the past.
Lavrov met in Ohrid with Macedonian President Djordje Ivanov and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.