“Bulgaria continues to be under strong European pressure to lift its veto on Northern Macedonia ‘s EU membership talks,” Bulgarian Vice President Iliyana Yotova told Bulgarian Public Radio BNR.
At the same time, the Bulgarian vice president asserted that “the EU is showing a growing understanding of Sofia’s demands on Skopje, mainly related to the rights of people of Bulgarian ethnic identity”.
“Whether these conditions we have set will be in the first chapter or will be recorded and” directed “throughout the negotiation process or will be included in a separate 36th chapter depends on the provisions taken into account in the discussions and of course which is a function of the extent to which the Bulgarian position is taken into account, “Yotova explained, recalling that the issue will be discussed at the next EU-Western Balkans meeting in October, organized by the Slovenian presidency.
Associate Professor Spas Tashev from the Institute of Population and Human Studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, in an interview with TV NOVA morning news program, said that “Bulgaria ‘s attitude towards Northern Macedonia is correct and gathers the consensus of the parties.” .
“The position that Bulgaria has adopted towards Northern Macedonia is correct. Consensual cons. It is defined by three consecutive parliaments – albeit short – and is consistent. And this is very important, “Tashev said.
“In the speeches of foreign politicians, the word ‘pressure’ appeared this year. It came mainly from American sources, but was said by low-ranking officials-advisers and experts in the US state administration. Such a term has not been used by no high-ranking politician in Bulgaria, “he said in response to a question about whether there was pressure on Bulgaria to change its stance on northern Macedonia.
According to Tashev, “President Radev recently spoke about the fact that our country will be under pressure and will continue to be under pressure regarding various programs, which stipulate that Skopje should start negotiations for European integration and that is something that should worry us. ”/ibna