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Macedonian president: South Stream promises energy stability for decades

February 01, 2014, 3:54 UTC+3 1
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SKOPJE, February 1 (Itar-Tass) - Republic of Macedonia’s connection to Gazprom’s South Stream pipeline would guarantee the country’s energy stability for decades, President Gjorge Ivanov told Itar-Tass on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Russian-Macedonian diplomatic relations.

In this connection Macedonia “puts a great emphasis on partnership with Russia, and I personally met with Gazprom’s chairman of board Aleksey Miller”, Ivanov, said adding he expressed absolute political support for the project.

Speaking of bilateral relations, he said Russian-Macedonian cooperation was constantly on the rise and voiced the view the two countries can always “strive for more”.

He added Macedonia gave special attention to developing ties with Russia over the last 20 years.

“After taking office in 2009 I was personally involved in efforts for progress in our relations, in particular, those to intensify cooperation,” Ivanov said. “I am happy that over the last five years we have achieved considerable results together.

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