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The authorities of North Macedonia, without explanation, withdrew their consent to the establishment of the post of honorary consul of Russia in the city of Bitola, said Ivan Nechaev, deputy head of the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The post of honorary consul in Bitola is occupied by businessman Sergei Samsonenko, who was called the richest man in North Macedonia with a fortune of about $100 million.
“Nothing is said about the motives for this step, apparently, they could not be formulated due to a clear absence . There is no doubt that this is again a politically charged hostile gesture, — the agency said in a statement.
The Foreign Ministry called the decision of North Macedonia another attack, which is designed to “deepen the rift in Russian-North Macedonian relations, formed on the basis of the dependent behavior of North Macedonia,” as well as “demonstrate blind loyalty” Western countries, their policy of sanctions and pressure on Russia.
“It is unfortunate that this time the institution of honorary consuls, who help develop interpersonal contacts, provide support to people and businesses, is being sacrificed this time to the anti-Russian course in Skopje,” — said Nechaev.
The post of honorary consul of Russia in Bitola, the second largest city in North Macedonia, is occupied by businessman Sergei Samsonenko. Consent (exequatur) to the corresponding appointment was given to Russia by the country's authorities in 2016.
RBC wrote that Samsonenko was originally from Rostov-on-Don, and moved to North Macedonia in 2006. Its main asset— betting company Betcity. In the Balkan country, he is widely known mainly as the owner of three sports clubs with the same name “Vardar” — football and two handball.
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