MACEDONIAN AMBASSADOR IN BELGRADE "PERSONA NON GRATA"
Macedonian Ambassador in Belgrade Aleksandar Vasilevski has been declared as "persona non grata", sources of he Macedonian Foreign Ministry (FM) confirmed for Makfax agency.
The decision of the Serbian authorities comes after the Macedonian Parliament and Government recognized Kosovo's independence this week.
The decision means that the Ambassador Vasilevski is due to return to Macedonia in the next 48 hours, which will "bring down" the Macedonian Embassy to a level of second-ranked position until Serbia changes its political will, FM sources added.
Macedonia has no intention to introduce reciprocal measures toward Serbia.
"Recognition of Kosovo is not an act aimed against Serbia, but a move motivated by the state interests and we do not expect aggravation of the Skopje-Belgrade relations, for which we hope to continue developing in the spirit of good-neighborly relations," Foreign Ministry's sources said.
Macedonian Embassy in Belgrade will remain operational and execute the consular and other activities, but with no Ambassador.