The Macedonian Tendency: Makfax vesnik

Friday, May 11, 2007

Makfax vesnik

Makfax vesnik: "Petkovski calls on Russia to specify its interests in Macedonia

Skopje/Moscow /11/05/ 14:21

The New Social-Democratic Party (NSDP) leader Tito Petkovski called on Russia to 'more precisely' express its interests in Macedonia.

Petkovski regrets that throughout the period of transition, Russian companies have demonstrated a weak interest in Macedonia, alluding to Russia's policy on the Balkan and Macedonia.

'Actually, I wish that we have excellent relations with Russia, particularly in economy sphere. In this context, Moscow should voice clear stands over its interests in Macedonia because our country is situated in the central part of the Balkan and it plays an important geo-political role in the region,' Petkovski said an in interview with Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

Petkovski reckons that Russian companies show weak interest in Macedonia's calls for investments as well as in international tenders. He, however, mentioned the positive experience with a few Russian companies operating in Macedonia.

'Many companies in Russia, such as LUKOIL, ITERA and ROMTRADE have already confirmed as serious partners, by giving a good stake in the development of relations between the two countries,' Petkovski said.

He reiterated that NSDP pledges for a balance in Macedonia's relations with all countries,"

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