Moscow Denies 'Groundless, Fabricated' Claims on Meddling in Macedonia's Affairs

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The accusations that Russia is meddling in Macedonia’s internal affairs are fabricated and groundless, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Last week, Bloomberg reported, citing an interview given by Macedonian Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska, that the country was boosting its efforts to join NATO to protect it from Russia’s alleged interference.

"We stress that the accusations that Russia is meddling in Macedonia’s internal affairs are completely fabricated and are only based on Russophobes’ groundless statements, as well as information attacks they carried out," ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Russia has been repeatedly accused of interfering in Macedonia's affairs.

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The US-supported OCCRP published an article on Sunday, claiming that Macedonia was subjected to "strong subversive propaganda and intelligence activity" implemented through the Russian Embassy in the country.

The OCCRP used what it said was a briefing for director of the Macedonian Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) and several other documents as the basis for its report. The report contains photos of only parts of the documents, which makes it hard to ascertain their authenticity.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called the accusations of Russia’s alleged interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia a provocation.

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