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Russia: Putin and Macedonian President Ivanov discuss relations and trade in Moscow01:37

Russia: Putin and Macedonian President Ivanov discuss relations and trade in Moscow

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 24, 2017 at 13:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the President of Macedonia Gjorgje Ivanov in Moscow, Wednesday. The main topics of the meeting reportedly included the current political situation in Macedonia, bilateral cooperation and boosting of economic ties between both countries.

Regarding recent turmoils in Macedonian domestic politics, Putin said, "we carefully monitor what is happening in your country," while also wishing success to Ivanov "in ensuring that the internal political situation in Macedonia develops in accordance with the constitution."

Ivano flew to Moscow on the feast day of Saints Cyril and Methodius, who played a decisive role in the history of both Russian and Macedonian culture. Ivanov took part in the ceremony of presenting the Patriarch Alexy II Prize for Excellence in Strengthening the Unity of Orthodox Peoples for the Establishment and Promotion of Christian Values in the Life of Society for 2016.

He said, "Even though so many centuries have passed, 1000 years, we are preserving the memory of Saints Cyrill and Methodius, as well as [their pupil] Saint Clement of Ohrid and Saint Naum of Ohrid."

Russia's foreign trade turnover with Macedonia last year, reportedly amounted to over 130 million dollars (€116,066,249). In 2017, the amount grew by over 150%. Macedonia did not join the EU's anti-Russian sanctions.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the President of Macedonia Gjorgje Ivanov in Moscow, Wednesday. The main topics of the meeting reportedly included the current political situation in Macedonia, bilateral cooperation and boosting of economic ties between both countries.

Regarding recent turmoils in Macedonian domestic politics, Putin said, "we carefully monitor what is happening in your country," while also wishing success to Ivanov "in ensuring that the internal political situation in Macedonia develops in accordance with the constitution."

Ivano flew to Moscow on the feast day of Saints Cyril and Methodius, who played a decisive role in the history of both Russian and Macedonian culture. Ivanov took part in the ceremony of presenting the Patriarch Alexy II Prize for Excellence in Strengthening the Unity of Orthodox Peoples for the Establishment and Promotion of Christian Values in the Life of Society for 2016.

He said, "Even though so many centuries have passed, 1000 years, we are preserving the memory of Saints Cyrill and Methodius, as well as [their pupil] Saint Clement of Ohrid and Saint Naum of Ohrid."

Russia's foreign trade turnover with Macedonia last year, reportedly amounted to over 130 million dollars (€116,066,249). In 2017, the amount grew by over 150%. Macedonia did not join the EU's anti-Russian sanctions.

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