One of the biggest lies sold by SDSM and DUI is that we have started negotiations for EU membership, Nikolovski says.

"First we must know where we are, and then look for the solution. At the moment, unfortunately, we are in a very bad position, because numerous positions that have been built up for decades, not only since the independence of Macedonia, but also before within the framework of the previous state, numerous positions that have been built up by the Macedonian state and from Macedonian diplomacy, and from Macedonian linguistics if you like, have been permanently disrupted in recent years, and that is the starting point. Macedonia is no longer starting from zero, but starting from minus. According to me, it is crucial to improve the performance at home, so that the key EU member states are convinced that Macedonia deserves to start negotiations for EU membership and become a member", said the vice-president of VMRO-DPMNE Aleksandar Nikoloski in tonight's appearance on the show "10 minutes" on "TV21".

He added that "several important EU member states think that Macedonia is not yet ready to start membership negotiations".

"I stand by what I said in 2018 and now in 2023 - several important large EU member states think that Macedonia is not ready to start negotiations. And this is just a good excuse for them and they are hiding behind Bulgaria. Macedonia is not negotiating, that lie and that soap bubble was exposed by the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs who, when asked by your fellow journalists about whether Bulgaria will block Macedonia's EU membership negotiations, said: We have nothing to block, they they have not yet started negotiations for EU membership. There are no negotiations between Macedonia and the EU and that is one of the biggest lies being sold to the public, screening is currently taking place and that's it. But screening is happening for the third or fourth time, and I can list at least three times before when the same screening is happening," Nikoloski said.

The vice-president of VMRO-DPMNE pointed out that numerous politicians told him that they do not ask for any help from the Government and do not react to the problem that Macedonia has with Bulgaria.

"And Macedonia is also in 111th place in terms of perception of corruption according to Transparency International," said Nikoloski.

He also referred to constitutional changes and emphasized that the position of VMRO-DPMNE is decisive and clear that it will not allow constitutional changes.

"Our position is clear, that means there will be no change to the Constitution under these circumstances, within the framework of this parliamentary composition." Because when we ran for MPs in 2020, neither we nor any other MP who was elected to the Macedonian Assembly promised constitutional changes. In addition, let the authorities think for themselves, let SDSM and DUI think about what they will do, because they accepted an agreement with a condition that they cannot implement", said the vice-president of VMRO-DPMNE.

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