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Lavrov says West is trying to destabilize Macedonia

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Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke about the political situation in Macedonia and the Kumanovo incident in the Council of the Russian Federation, saying that in his view, the crisis is induced by Western countries.

Lavrov claimed that the wiretapping affair is reaction to the fact that Macedonia didn’t introduce sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Minister also said that the crisis is sparked as an attempt to prevent the counstruction of a Russian backed gas pipeline, that is supposed to supply central Europe with gas bypassing Ukraine and going through the Balkans, possibly including Macedonia.

Lavrov blamed Albanian politicians in the region of being used in an attempt to cause instability in Macedonia. According to his remarks, this destabilization would be done with calls for federalization of the country, and even possibly partitioning Macedonia between Albania and Bulgaria.