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Zakharova calls accusations of Russian interference in North Macedonia elections ‘absurd’

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called accusations of Russian interference in recent elections in North Macedonia “absurd.”

Moscow, 24 July 2020 (MIA) – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called accusations of Russian interference in recent elections in North Macedonia “absurd.”

“It was difficult not to notice a series of widely disseminated video messages of senior Western politicians, including heads of government and ministers, during the election campaign in North Macedonia. They openly and persistently called on the voters in North Macedonia to vote for one party or another. Against the background of this foreign interference in the affairs of a sovereign state, speculations about the presence of a certain Russian influence are absolutely unfounded and seem completely absurd,” Zakharova said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman accused Western countries of double standards, claiming that Russia is interfering and that their leaders have openly tried to influence the country’s elections.

According to her, suspicions and accusations against Russia are unclear and purposely vague, and at the same time “direct Western pressure on the citizens of North Macedonia is presented as something legitimate.”

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