Radev: Bulgaria must agree with North Macedonia after hate speech is eradicated

Radev: Bulgaria must agree with North Macedonia after hate speech is eradicated

“Bulgaria must agree to start negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia as soon as the objective historical facts are acknowledged and the process of eliminating hate speech becomes viable and irreversible,” said Bulgarian President Rumen Radev.

Radev commented that “the government has been making generous promises of unconditional support to the Republic of North Macedonia for years. Today we witness the results of this. Too little too late, it hit the government that it must protect national interests,” he said.

He claimed that “it would be a huge mistake if Prime Ministers Borissov and Zaev ‘put on a show’ and sign a declaration of desire in the spirit of the 2017 Agreement without clear criteria, verification mechanisms or performance measures.”

“We have the utmost desire for our friends from the Republic of North Macedonia to gain their European perspective, and that is why we must now wait for the dust to settle. We need to be patient with an open, calm conversation so that we can clearly see the positions of both sides and not be tempted by rushed decisions that look like triumphs,” Radev said.

“As long the deconstruction of the problems of the Tito regime and its ideology continues behind this front, Bulgaria, having failed to include our demands in the negotiating framework, must agree to start negotiations as soon as the objective historical facts are acknowledged and the process of eradicating hate speech and the obliteration of our identity and sovereignty becomes viable and irreversible,” Radev underline.

As he claimed, anything else would mean integrating problems into the EU. /ibna