Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov told media on Tuesday that the unnamed Russian diplomat was expelled in solidarity with Britain over the Sergei Skripal poisoning, but also for domestic security reasons.
Dimitrov said the decision "was made after careful deliberation and analysis" and was "based on two elements".
Macedonia's (FYROM) parliament has passed a law extending the official use of the Albanian language, despite protests from the right-wing opposition who say the decision will put the Balkan country's national unity in jeopardy.
Sixty-four lawmakers in the 120-member parliament voted to adopt the law on March 14, without a debate requested by the opposition.
This happened without a debate on amendments, with 64 votes in favor, and none against or abstained.
This legal act introduces the Albanian language as the second official language in the country.
Assembly Speaker Talat Xhaferi, from the Albanian DUI party, thus carried out his plan and rejected a debate on amendments.
The majority of citizens of the Republic of Macedonia support the efforts of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the government to resolve the name dispute with Greece. 63% of respondents support the government rate, only 11% were against and 26% are not sure. This is the data from the poll conducted by the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies in Ljubljana.