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Skopje and Sofia to discuss protocol to friendship agreement of 2017

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The key to Bulgaria's agreement for start of EU membership talks with the Republic of North Macedonia depends on Skopje abiding by the Treaty of Friendship from 2017. This is what President Rumen Radev said at the EU-Western Balkans summit in Slovenia.

President Radev has called for including the Bulgarians in the constitution of North Macedonia. "Just as the historical truth in relations with Greece was recognized, so should the historical truth in relations with Bulgaria be recognized. The objective facts of our common history cannot be interpreted in a multi-perspective way," the head of state pointed out.

"The Bulgarian people have a strong position on these issues. By November, this should be settled by a bilateral protocol,” Radev expects.

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