The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced of Friday that Western meddling in Macedonia’s affairs has taken on “extreme forms.”

Moscow noted in its reaction to the political crisis in the Balkans that Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaci, “joined the outside forces in this.”

“Despite all the manipulations, the opposition, openly supported by the European Union and the United States, had to face a defeat,” Russia’s TASS on Friday quoted a Russian MFA statement.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov on Wednesday announced he would not give a mandate to form a government to opposition politician Zoran Zaev due to his contentious deal with ethnic Albanian parties; Thaci reacted on Thursday by calling on Albanians in Macedonia to “take the destiny of their rights into their hands.”

“Head of the self-proclaimed Kosovo Hashim Thaci has joined the EU officials, calling on the Macedonia Albanians to ‘take their rights into their hands’ in accordance with the Greater Albania project which includes vast areas in a number of Balkan states,” the Russian MFA statement said, and added:

“This is just another evidence proving that the quasi-state of Kosovo is one of the main sources of instability in the Balkan region.”

“The Macedonian people should decide their future themselves, without having to face foreign interference,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stated, according to TASS.

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