After the conclusions on EU enlargement and the announcement of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov that he will put the negotiations with Macedonia on a new basis, today the Vice President of Bulgaria Iliana Iotova said that Sofia will offer nothing new in the coming period.
Bulgaria will wait for the decision of the Republic of Macedonia, because its Prime Minister has resigned, and new proposals from European partners will be considered. I do not see a basis and new facts that would change the Bulgarian position towards the Republic of Macedonia, says Iliana Iotova, Vice President of Bulgaria.
A statement that there is no change in Bulgaria’s position on the country also came from the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Kristian Vinegin. He said that this is the position in the coalition agreement in the government and today recommended to the journalists to review the original text from the interview of the Prime Minister Kiril Petkov with the “Financial Times”.
The way in which the interview was quoted in the Bulgarian media is not what is in the original text. I emphasize again – the Bulgarian position remains unique, it is the same as confirmed by the decision of the National Assembly. Our agreement states that this position remains and will be upgraded with ideas for new joint commissions, for cooperation in certain areas, he said.
The co-president of the Democratic Bulgaria coalition, Hristo Ivanov, confirmed that Bulgaria should not change its attitude towards Macedonia. Democratic Bulgaria is part of Petkov’s new Bulgarian government.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov together with the Prime Minister Zaev promised that they will accelerate the communication between Macedonia and Bulgaria for a faster start of the accession negotiations with the European Union. In an interview with the “Financial Times”, Petkov gave a time limit for moving things forward with Macedonia of six months.