Tirana, April 29, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
In Tirana, Albanian authorities have badly received the declaration issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, in relation to the incidents taken place in the recent days in FYR Macedonia. They accuse Moscow of blackmail, but the reaction from the Russian Federation was clear: “Albanian Foreign Ministry must understand the meaning of the word “blackmail” and avoid the use of this word in the future in an irresponsible way”.
The diplomatic clash started a few days after the Russian Foreign Ministry considered the event taken place in FYROM a few days ago, in relation to the attack against a police station, as a “warning”. As far as this event is concerned, it was said that the attack was carried out by people who held Kosovo’s KLA symbols.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted by saying that: “The incident near the Macedonian border is a proof of the fresh potential ethnic problems and conflicts in that area of the Balkan. The situation has deteriorated as a result of a constant fall in the level of security in Kosovo, which emanates from pending problems of Kosovo in general. The calls for a Greater Albania, which are increasingly being heard in the region, can no longer be avoided”.
“We hope that the efforts of the Macedonian government to restore order in the endangered area, will receive the necessary international support”, concludes the declaration.
MFA summons Ambassador of Russian Federation
The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr. Alexander Karpushin, was summoned today to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania.
The MFA expressed the discontent of the Albanian party and requested some clarifications regarding the recent press release issued by the Russian MFA.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania considers these statements of the Russian MFA to be unacceptable and the accusations made towards the two sovereign states of Albania and Kosovo regarding recent events in Macedonia, destabilizing.
These statements constitute a threat and do not serve the constructive climate in the region and less so the principles of international law.
Albania is a NATO member and an EU candidate country, and therefore, every menacing statement by Russia will be seen through this prism.
The MFA also asked that the Russian Federation faces the reality of the Western Balkans, where the independence of Kosovo constitutes a significant contribution to the democratic future and the stability of the region.
Russian embassy criticizes the Albanian Foreign Ministry
The Russian embassy to Albania rejected the declaration of the Albanian Foreign Ministry of Foreign Affairs in relation to the meeting between the Russian ambassador, Alexander Karpush and the director of the General Department of Bilateral Relations of the Albanian Foreign Ministry, Sokol Gjoka, which was held yesterday.
This embassy suggests that the Foreign Ministry has deformed the reaction of the Russian Foreign Ministry in relation to the incident taken place in FYROM.
“This statement doesn’t include any accusations against the Albanian state, in contrast to what was claimed in the abovementioned statement of the Foreign Ministry of Albania. The statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry on the declaration of the Albanian Prime Minister, Mr. Edi Rama for a possible unification of Albania and Kosovo, which was the cause of the meeting between the Russian ambassador with Mr. Gjoka, is in line with the official declaration of the EU concerning this issue”, reads the statement.
According to the Russian embassy, the Albanian Foreign Ministry didn’t reflect the spirit of yesterday’s meeting, which “was held in a friendly atmosphere”.
“The declaration doesn’t mention the constructive dialogue between the sides over issues and perspectives of the relations between Russia and Albania, which occupied most of the talks in this meeting. It’s important to point out that the Russia’s and Albania’s stances concerning issues of Kosovo, were not discussed by the interlocutors”.
Yesterday, the Albanian Foreign Ministry said that the declarations of the Russian Foreign Ministry “consist of blackmail and do not serve to the constructive climate in the region and even less, the principles accepted by international law. Albania is a NATO member and an EU candidate member and every blackmailing declarations by Russia would only be seen through this prism”.
Russian embassy calls on the Albanian Foreign Ministry “to understand the meaning of the word ‘blackmail’ and avoid all irresponsible and inaccurate use in the future in official declarations issued by the Foreign Ministry”. /ibna/