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Bulgarians upset that Serbian language is back in North Macedonia schools: Head of diplomacy reacts

Prime Minister Zaev announced that the Serbian language would be returned to North Macedonia schools as an elective subject

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Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva said today that reintroduction of the Serbian language in schools in North Macedonia proves that the country has not severed ties with Serbia and Russia.

She told Bulgarian BTV television that "Macedonianism" was in itself a geopolitical idea created by Belgrade and Moscow and that she was not surprised by the decision of the authorities in Skopje, MIA reports.

"The reintroduction of the Serbian language, which will be taught in schools, means that all parties in North Macedonia, regardless of their political differences, reached consensus on that issue. As well as on the issue of relations with Bulgaria," said Zakharieva.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria and the Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov asked Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev "who is strengthening Serbian influence" in that country, after it was announced that Serbian would be once again taught in that country as an elective subject.

"It's clear that this influence is strengthening, but I wonder who exactly is strengthening it. Or is it what I think it is, that this influence never even weakened?," Karakachanov asked.

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