Dimitar Kovechevski, the prime minister of North Macedonia, stated that while negotiating with Bulgaria, he felt like someone was cutting his stomach with a knife. While reporting to local television, he said, “Regarding the remarks and declarations that reached us during the previous phase, which was during the discussions with Bulgaria, I speak for all Macedonian citizens when I say that I agree with them. It felt like someone slicing your stomach with a knife”.
After establishing Bulgarian groups in the RNM, Kovechevski expressed, “For the fourth time, I denounce the use of names from the darkest eras on the European continent, but also in the rest of the globe, and this is the time of fascism. Positive neighbourly relations are not a result of this. They hurt the sentiments of the populace, particularly the Jews”.
On October 7, there was a protest against the Bulgarian club “Tsar Boris III” in Ohrid, and some of the protesters threw eggs and stones at the building where the club is situated. Those waving the Yugoslav flag were among the demonstrators. Hristijan Mickoski, the leader of the opposition party, supported the protest. He encouraged the people to raise their voices against the Bulgarian club and EU for supporting their fascist demands.
Kovachevski requested that the Central Registry and the Ministry of Justice examine every piece of paper related to the registration of every Bulgarian company on Macedonian soil. He commented that the individuals behind these organizations intend to degrade relations and get funded from anonymous sources. These organizations have been creating problems since the last year.