President Stevo Pendarovski won’t publish the statement of congratulations he sent to President Aleksandar Vucic, after his victory in the recent elections in Serbia.

Pendarovski was not named among the leaders who congratulated to Vucic. When asked by Republika, his office informed that Pendarovski did congratulate to Vucic, but would not say how – a phone call or a message. There were no statements on his social media accounts.

The Zaev regime, which Pendarovski is a part of, is cold toward Vucic and at times even openly supported protests against him. But as Serbia began to provide rare direct aid to Macedonia – including the early deliveries of coronavirus vaccines, and now grain, the Government was forced to endorse Vucic.