MOSCOW, Russia – The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday following a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko and Ambassador of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to Russia Goce Karajanov that the country would face many negative consequences if they were to join NATO.
“The sides shared their positions on the situation in the Balkan region,” the Russian ministry noted.
“The Russian side stressed that the plans of drawing FYROM into NATO may have negative effects on regional security and bilateral relations.”
The two states also spoke about improving relations.
“They stressed the importance of renewing the activity of the Russian – FYROM Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Science and Technical Cooperation,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.