“There are attempts to pressure Gruevski’s government for refusing to join in on sanctions against Russia and for backing the Turkish Stream [gas] pipeline [construction].”
Moscow is concerned over the situation in Macedonia, Lavrov said during a speech before the Russian upper house of parliament.
“The Macedonian events are quite brutal and are being orchestrated from outside.”
Following the deadly clashes, the country was hit by a wave of protests staged by the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) that accuses the country's government of corruption and demands its resignation.
Gruevski said that the opposition is trying to exploit the tragedy in Kumanovo to gain power.