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Russia: UN Security Council will have final say on Macedonia name issue

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Russian Ambassador to OSCE Alexander Lukashevich announced that the negotiations between Macedonia and Greece on the name issue and any final agreement will be put before the United Nations Security Council. This contravenes a previous statement by Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov that the UNSC will only be “informed” of the Zaev – Tsipras treaty, under which the Republic of Macedonia is supposed to adopt the name Republic of North Macedonia.

– The course the dialogue process and a possible final agreement in accordance with paragraph 3 of UN Security Council Resolution 845 will be considered by the UN Security Council, tweeted the Russian Mission to the OSCE, attributing the statement to Ambassador Lukashevich, and adding the hashtag #Macedonia.

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Russia has already warned that it considers the process to rename Macedonia even after the failure of the September 30th referendum, is contrary to the wishes of the Macedonian people. Two UN Security Council resolutions are dedicated to the name issue – they regulate the interim reference name “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and invite the two countries to continue talks on the differences over the name, and all progress in these talks is reported to the UN Secretary General, who then reports to the Security Council where Russia has veto power.

In the comments attributed to Ambassador Lukashevich, the Russian Embassy notes how “the persecution of those who disagree with #Macedonia government policies is intensifying” and that President Ivanov is under “unprecedented pressure… with information about his office phones being tapped”. The Ambassador blames Western countries of “intervention in the internal affairs of #Macedonia which provoked a relapse of the acute political crisis in the country that hasn’t been overcome for more than three years”.

– We expect that the state name issue of #Macedonia will be resolved without external pressure and the artificial terms and conditions imposure, will be based on broad public support and exclusively within the legal field, adds Ambassador Lukashevich.