Russia informed the Macedonian Foreign Ministry that, in the future, it will use the name “Republic of North Macedonia.

In the Russian note it is stated that it has received the information from the Macedonian Foreign Ministry that under the Prespa treaty and in line with the constitutional amendments, the country has changed its name. The Russian Foreign Ministry replies that it will refer to Macedonia as the “Republic of North Macedonia”.

Russia was highly critical of the process to rename Macedonia and its apparent main outcome – to bring the country into NATO. President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Ivanov condemned both the content of the Prespa treaty, and the way in which it was rammed through the Macedonian Parliament.