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Russian diplomats attacked in Macedonia

Russia lodged a protest with Macedonia on Monday over an attack on four Russian diplomats at the weekend, asking Skopje to conduct a swift and objective investigation into the incident, reports reaching here from Skopje reported.

"The Russian ambassador has passed a note regarding the incident to the Macedonian side and demanded that the attackers be immediately found and punished, and that the embassy be informed about the outcome of the investigation, " the Russian embassy's press secretary told reporters.

Macedonian media reported that the attack happened on Saturday night when the four Russian diplomats emerged from a cafe at a central square of Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia.

Macedonian police said that in the early hours of Sunday morning, there was an argument between dozens of people at a bar and it continued onto the pavement later. Then six to seven still unknown assailants attacked the four diplomats.

The diplomats were injured and taken to hospital. After receiving medical treatment, they were released home, the reports said.

It is still not known why they had been attacked. Some speculated that the fight had been over a young woman, and some suggested it had simply been a drunken brawl.

The Macedonian Interior Ministry said it was doing all it could "to find and apprehend the attackers."

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