Macedonia denies intelligence actions against irate Serbia
Aug. 22, 2017
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's foreign minister is denying that his country spied on neighboring Serbia, which pulled its entire embassy staff from Skopje two days ago.
Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov says Macedonia "did not intend, order or commit intelligence actions" targeting Serbia or any other of its Balkan neighbors.
Serbian officials said they withdrew the embassy personnel based on intelligence reports of unspecified "very offensive acts" planned against Serb interests in Macedonia. No reference was made to espionage.
Dimitrov told reporters Tuesday that Macedonia's only offensive "is the offensive for development of friendship in the Balkans."
He says he hopes to talk Wednesday to his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic.
The two former Yugoslav states have drifted apart since Macedonia's new left-wing government took over this spring, replacing an administration seen as more pro-Russian.