“As for the Russian intervention in Northern Macedonia, I would say that it is hardly possible to prove any direct involvement from the point of view of the intervention,” the military commander told reporters, TASS quoted him as saying.

At the same time, Khadzhi-Yanev spoke about evidence that Russia uses “diplomatic and information channels” to influence the situation in Northern Macedonia.

In December 2018, the Russian Foreign Ministry called unproven anti-Russian rhetoric statements by US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan that Russia allegedly interfered in the internal affairs of Macedonia.