The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned Croatian Ambassador to Bulgaria Jasna Ognjanovac over a statement by President Zoran Milanovic in which he sharply criticized “Bulgaria’s policy towards the European integration of northern Macedonia”, Bulgarian media reported.
Ognjanovac was summoned at the request of Minister Svetlan Stoev and the Director General for European Affairs, Rumen Alexandrov, received him.
The reason for the meeting was the statement of President Zoran Milanovic after a summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process in Brdo pri Kranju, in which he sharply criticized Bulgaria’s policy towards the European integration of Northern Macedonia, Bulgarian television BNT reported.
Alexandrov called Milanovic’s statement “unacceptable and unjustified”.
He said it was “disappointing not only in the context of the excellent bilateral dialogue between Sofia and Zagreb and their unanimity on a number of topics on the European and regional agenda, but also in view of being the region’s immediate neighbor, Bulgaria and Croatia is naturally bound by a common interest in the reform, stabilization and EU integration of the Western Balkans in the near future. “
In a statement to reporters in Brdo pri Cranju earlier this week, Milanovic warned that northern Macedonia “is in an impossible position” and that an EU member state demanded that northern Macedonia “determine its national genesis in the way required by the neighboring state “in history textbooks.
He said he would “openly oppose” it within his powers.
Milanovic did not mention the name of the state but obviously meant Bulgaria, which is rejecting a negotiating framework for northern Macedonia because Sofia claims the textbooks of northern Macedonia “review and deny their common ethnic and linguistic history”.
The Croatian ambassador said she would convey the Bulgarian position in Zagreb, noting the need for co-operation between Bulgaria and Croatia aimed at ensuring the stability of the Western Balkans and the European perspective of the region, BNT reported.