Whether Albanians approach me and hug me, it’s needless to say, you just have to look at the environment around me, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said tonight in the first post- Brussels interview in the country on TV Alsat’s “360 degree” show, commenting on yesterday’s statement by the VMRO-DPME leader Hristijan Mickoski that Albanians in Gostivar were giving him unconditional support.

All citizens of all ethnic groups show an open love for me. I don’t know if my approach is like that, if my narrative like that, if my character like that, I don’t know why, Zaev said.

He said he was aware that there was disappointment among Macedonians and Albanians in his policies, but urged them not to sit at home and go to the polls and fight for their country.