Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov heads to Macedonia on Wednesday for a one-day visit to discuss boosting bilateral ties and economic relations, especially in the energy and investment sectors.
Lavrov will be greeted by Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki. He is also set to meet with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
At Lavrov’s request, he will arrive in the Macedonian lake town of Ohrid and not in the capital Skopje, the Macedonian Foreign Ministry has announced. This historic town is regarded as one of the centres of Orthodox Christianity and Slavic literature.
The Macedonian Foreign Ministry also announced that the two countries will soon sign a bilateral treaty on diplomatic cooperation.
“We hope that Lavrov’s visit will bring us information about our process in the UN,” Macedonian President Ivanov said on Tuesday ahead of the visit, referring to Skopje’s efforts in the UN to find a settlement to its name dispute with Greece.
He said that Macedonia appreciates that Russia, as a permanent and influential member of the UN Security Council, recognises the country’s official name.