Following the signing of the FYROM-Greece naming accord, Skopje was hoping to immediately receive a date for the start of accession talks at the upcoming EU summit, on 28-29 June.
“There were two different lines – 25 countries wanted to start accession talks by the summer of 2019. On the other side you had Germany, The Netherlands, and Denmark, which sought a postponement,” Kotzias said after the Council meeting.
“I explained that, for geostrategic and geopolitical reasons, the current situation demands assistance for the two countries of the region, and not yet another postponement. I also explained that the domestic situation demands stability and security, and not new problems,” Kotzias underlined.