Bulgaria’s new Foreign Affairs Minister Nikolay Mladenov has said that Bulgaria backs Macedonia’s bid for European Union membership.
He said that he wants Macedonia to drop its suspicion that Bulgaria has ill intentions towards it. He said that since the Republic of Macedonia was recognised Bulgaria has done what it could to help the country.
“I hope you see what has already been commented in Europe. It is not good for one candidate country to constantly have sentiments against Bulgaria. I understand that there is still much emotion in this case. But together we can do much more than individually,” he said.
Skopje and Sofia have different views on certain historical events that concern both countries. While Bulgarian scientists generally consider Macedonians to be of Bulgarian origin, Macedonians see themselves as being of a separate ethnicity.