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Zakharieva: Macedonia is not ready for EU accession talks

Macedonia is not ready to meet the conditions to start EU accession negotiations, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva told television channel bTV on Sunday.

According to her, Macedonia is not fully implementing the neighborhood agreement signed in 2017, the entire state policy is based on hatred towards Bulgaria and its people, and the activities of the historical commission were terminated unilaterally.

No one disputes their right to self-determination and to call their language whatever they want, but we do not agree that the right to self-determination should be based on hatred, theft of history and denial of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian language, she said.

There is no way to say “yes” at this stage, the minister stressed. She added that Bulgaria has always been good to Macedonia. Bulgaria is an EU member and hardly any other EU member will make such an effort to help Skopje handle EU, she said.

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