Bulgaria has refused to approve the opening of European Union negotiations with North Macedonia, but on the other hand has approved it for Albania.
Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva said Sofia could not currently support the start of negotiations with Skopje, due to the historical differences between North Macedonia and Bulgaria.
"At this stage, Bulgaria can not support the draft of the negotiating framework with the Republic of North Macedonia and the holding of the first Intergovernmental Conference," the minister said after the conclusion of today's General Affairs Council.
EU countries agreed in March that North Macedonia and Albania could begin negotiations to join the European Union.
The official start of these accession negotiations with the two Balkan countries would take place in December.