EU foreign ministers are due to discuss the launch of North Macedonia’s accession talks on November 17th. If one of the countries votes against the negotiating framework, accession talks cannot be formally launched.

“Bulgaria says no to the start of negotiations, we say no to Macedonia’s accession to the EU,” Zaharieva told BTV on Sunday.

It showed that Northern Macedonia does not respect the friendship treaty signed by the two Balkan countries in 2017 and has policies based on Bulgaria.

Sofia wants the neighboring country to recognize that the nation and its language have Bulgarian roots, and she wants it to end anti-Bulgarian rhetoric. Skopje says his identity and language are not open to discussion.

Despite talks last month, which was also attended by Germany, who hopes negotiations with northern Macedonia can begin while Berlin holds the rotating EU presidency, by the end of the year, the Balkan neighbors have not yet reached an agreement.

“No one disputes their right to self-define their nation and to name their language as they please. But we cannot agree that this right will be based on hatred, theft of history and denial of Bulgaria, “Zaharieva said.

The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, said he was ready for such a move and that there was still time until the end of December to convene the first intergovernmental conference to launch accession talks.

“I am waiting for responsibility, a sign of friendship from Bulgaria. We need friendship, a helping hand, to go together on the European path, “Zaev told reporters.