Tag: pendarovski
Macedonia 29.04.21 | 23:00

Pendarovski agrees that the April 27th defendants are not terrorists, should get a retrial

President Stevo Pendarovski agreed with the request from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party and the protesters who poured out in Skopje on Sunday, that the defendants in the April 27th trial are not terrorists and that the sentences against them are Draconian. I asked what the charges are about and I knew...

Macedonia 29.04.21 | 20:48

Pendarovski: We’ll have to compromise with Bulgaria, chapeau to Vucic on his railroad deal

President Stevo Pendarovski said that Macedonia will have to reach compromise with Bulgaria, and that it remains to be seen how difficult it will be. Bulgaria is blocking Macedonia from opening EU accession talks as it demands serious concessions on issues of national identity and history. We want to...

Macedonia 28.04.21 | 17:28

Pendarovski: It’s unlikely that talks with Bulgaria resume before July

President Stevo Pendarovski warned that there is little chance Macedonia will resume talks with Bulgaria and talk about lifting the Bulgarian veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks until July. Pendarovski was meeting top EU officials yesterday, at a time when Bulgaria is in a political crisis...

Macedonia 27.04.21 | 19:43

Pendarovski meets top EU officials, says Macedonia is ready to resume talks with Bulgaria any time

President Stevo Pendarovski met with EU officials in Brussels today to urge the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, and said that the country is prepared to resume negotiations with Bulgaria, who is vetoing the accession talks, as soon as possible. Bulgaria currently has no Government after...

Macedonia 08.04.21 | 15:02

President Pendarovski claims he was only informed about the passport scandal after the arrests

President Stevo Pendarovski was asked about the growing scandal in which it was revealed that the Interior Ministry was giving passports to top mobsters from the region. In response to PressingTV, Pendarovski’s office said that the President was merely informed about the situation, after the police...

Macedonia 05.04.21 | 13:56

Pendarovski insists that the Army is not to blame for the refusal to offer helicopter evacuation to a badly injured shepherd

President Stevo Pendarovski insisted that there is no fault on his part for the refusal to send a helicopter to evacuate a badly injured shepherd from a village near Kratovo. The incident is causing outrage, as it comes only days after Prime Minister Zaev and Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce took a...

Macedonia 01.04.21 | 16:52

Pendarovski withdraws military units that are patrolling for migrant groups from the borders with Greece and Serbia

President Pendarovski announced that he has ordered the army to withdraw from the borders with Greece and Serbia, after the state of emergency was not extended. Macedonia declared a state of emergency on both borders that are key parts of the Balkan migrant route in 2015 and this allowed the President...

Macedonia 31.03.21 | 16:52

Zaev sides with Filipce in his vaccine dispute with President Pendarovski

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev took the side of his Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce in Filipce’s dispute with President Stevo Pendarovski. Filipce and Pendarovski traded barbs all day yesterday, blaming each other for the lack of vaccines that forced Macedonian citizens to go to Serbia to get inoculated....

Macedonia 30.03.21 | 22:22

High level spat erupts as top Zaev officials blame each other for the vaccine fiasco

President Pendarovski fired another shot at Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce, after the two traded barbs today about who is more responsible for the pitiful state of vaccination in Macedonia. Pendarovski opened the exchange when, after the meeting of the National Security Council, he stated that the...

Macedonia 30.03.21 | 18:58

Pendarovski and Filipce clash over the Serbian vaccination fiasco

President Stevo Pendarovski said that the scenes of having thousands of Macedonian citizens go to Serbia to get vaccinated is an embarrassment. Macedonia utterly failed at providing vaccines for its citizens and the moment Serbia announced it has surplus Astra Zeneca vaccines, thousands took to Belgrade...

Macedonia 28.03.21 | 20:57

President Pendarovski claims he doesn’t know the head of the Grcec drug gang – says he just took a picture with him for election purposes

President Stevo Pendarovski insisted that he has no actual relationship with drug runners from the village of Grcec near Skopje, after pictures of him with the gang leaders surfaced. Members of the gang were arrested in a large scale operation earlier this week, but the bosses fled – apparently...

Macedonia 12.03.21 | 15:27

More vaccine trouble: Pendarovski and Zaev give conflicting statements on the Pfizer talks

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski called out President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev for giving conflicting statements on the chaotic vaccine procurement process. The reaction comes after Pendarovski said that Macedonia could not purchase Pfizer vaccines because the company had...

Macedonia 12.03.21 | 10:32

Pendarovski agrees that Minister Filipce’s vaccine scandal needs to be investigated

In an interview, President Stevo Pendarovski agreed that the latest corruption allegations against Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce need to be investigated to the fullest extent. Filipce acknowledged that he tried to use a shell company registerd in American Samoa and Hong Kong to purchase Sinopharm...

Macedonia 12.03.21 | 09:10

Pendarovski apologizes to the Colored Revolution supporters who really believed that he and Zaev will bring justice

President Stevo Pendarovski apologized to the supporters of the 2015 Colored Revolution for his failure to bring “justice and peace”, as its slogan said, to Macedonia. Pendarovski was part of Zoran Zaev’s movement which promised to ensure the rule of law, but instead the Zaev regime...

Macedonia 09.03.21 | 15:00

Pendarovski condemns Karakacanov’s use of a map of Greater Bulgaria

President Stevo Pendarovski accused Bulgaria of violating the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty after its Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov used the map of Greater Bulgaria in his International Women’s Day message. Karakacanov congratulated women on their holiday using the image of a mother...

News 05.03.21 | 21:14

Pendarovski and Zaev don’t see need to add the Bulgarian nation to the preamble of the Macedonian Constitution

President Stevo Pendarovski does not see need to amend the Macedonian Constitution so that the Bulgarian community is included in the preamble. The preamble currently lists the Albanian, Turk, Vlach, Serbian, Roma and Bosniak peoples, and “others”. Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani raised the...

Macedonia 22.02.21 | 15:24

Pendarovski demands accountability after Mijalkov’s escape

President Stevo Pendarovski strongly condemned the flight of former state security chief Saso Mijalkov. There must be accountability! – Pendarovski tweeted, after Prime Minister Zoran Zaev rebuffed media questions whether he will resign or ask top Government officials like Interior Minister Oliver...

Macedonia 02.02.21 | 22:46

Pendarovski proposes that the census is postponed by a few months

President Stevo Pendarovski raised the prospect of postponing the census, which was one of the key demands of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party. The census is now set for April, even though Macedonia still has a very high coronavirus death and infection rate, and, also controversially, is going to count...

Macedonia 02.02.21 | 19:59

Pendarovski on the latest corruption report: It’s not pretty

President Stevo Pendarovski responded to the dismal corruption report issued by Transparency International in which Macedonia was ranked 111th in the world by saying “it is not pretty”. Unlike the Government, Pendarovski said that he will not try to offer excuses. Zaev’s Government...

Macedonia 26.01.21 | 11:30

Pendarovski promises Bulgaria that Macedonia will not try to install “some kind of a Macedonian minority”

President Stevo Pendarovski vowed not to interfere in Bulgarian internal affairs over the issue of minority rights, referring to Macedonians in Bulgaria as “some kind of minority”. In an interview, he did insist that there are Macedonians living in Greece, though. Bulgaria is adamant that...

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