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Milososki-Lavrov: Macedonia still enjoys Russia's support over its constitutional name

October 17 2008 at 8:07 PM
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Viktor  (Login Wiktor20)

Astana, October 16 (MIA) - Russia will keep on supporting Macedonia with regard to the recognition of its constitutional name and its permanent usage, stated Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Milososki after meeting Thursday with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

- It is anticipated this policy to be resumed by the Russian Federation in the future, for which we were assured, said Milososki.

He informed Lavrov on Macedonia's decision to recognise Kosovo, MIA's correspondent reports.

- According to our elaboration, it is a decision that would have been reached by any state, being in the position we are in right now ethnically, geographically and politically, stressed Milososki.

Given the context, Lavrov said that Kosovo's recognition was a decision reached by a sovereign state, being its own estimation on how to act in such situations.

In the course of the talks, both ministers concurred that Macedonia and Russia should intensify the cooperation, especially at economic level. They agreed that favourable friendly climate had been established between the countries, which should be taken advantage of not only for meetings at ministerial level, but also for more frequent high-ranking meetings.

- The economic cooperation thus far is modest. We expressed wish certain Russian companies, especially in the field of energy sector, to review the opportunities offered by Macedonia, as well as the Government's plans on expanding the gas line network, said the Macedonian FM.

He estimated Russia was prepared to establish a direct dialogue and to deliberate Macedonia's investment opportunities.

At the meeting, Milososki raised the issue on settling the Clearing Debt between Macedonia and Russia, which "is expected to be settled in the coming couple of months."

- Our governments are already negotiating and a solution that will close this issue is expected to be reached in coming couple of months, said FM Milososki.

In the course of the meeting, both FMs covered the issues that are of highest interest for Russia - the conditions in Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Milososki and Lavrov are taking part at a ministerial conference of Western and Muslim countries titled "Common World: Progress through Diversity", held in Astana, which aims at encouraging global dialogue for overcoming civilisation differences.

On Friday, he is scheduled to deliver an address at the first session and to meet conference's host and his Kazakh counterpart Marat Tazhin later in the day.


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