First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi asked US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes for increased US involvement to get Bulgaria to lift its veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks. The two met today to discuss the war in Ukraine and the strategic partnership between Macedonia and the US.

Grubi emphasized the need of increased American and European assistance when it comes to the dispute between Skopje and Sofia, his office said in a statement.

Grubi and Byrnes also discussed about the talks with the US Bechtel company, that will be given exclusive right to develop the east – west Corridor 8 in Macedonia.