George Christidis spoke to the MIA news agency about the recent public statement made by Kyriakos Mitsotakis in which the Greek Prime Minister said he did not support Bulgaria’s veto of North Macedonia, calling it an unnecessary complexity for the neighbouring country’s European perspectives. Christidis noted how paradoxical it is for Greece to support North Macedonia’s European perspective without promoting bilateral relations sufficiently at the same time.

“The Greek government clearly supports North Macedonia’s European perspective, as it understands very well that this is beneficial for both Greek national interest and for the stability and prosperity of the region […]. One cannot ignore the paradox, however: for the Greek government appears more resolute about supporting North Macedonia’s European progress—to the point that the Greek Prime Minister has publicly declared that he does not support Bulgaria in terms of the problems it is creating for North Macedonia’s European perspectives, than it does about promoting bilateral cooperation between Greece and North Macedonia under the terms of the Prespa agreement,” he said.

Regarding the upcoming visit of President Pendarovski to Athens and his meetings with the Greek political leadership, Christidis stressed that this is a particularly positive event and “a sign of the normalization of bilateral relations, which is appropriate for two neighbouring countries. It would be desirable for the two countries’ political and state leadership to meet more regularly


You can read the interview here, in North Macedonian.