Contents tagged with Bulgaria

  • Ex-President of Bulgaria: Russia finances Bulgarian parties

    Former Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev stated that Russia finances political parties and interferes in Bulgaria's internal affairs.

    "There are good reasons to believe that Bulgarian parties are financed by Turkey, but there are many such (parties) that are financed by Russia. While we are talking about Turkey interfering in our internal affairs, we should not forget that other states do so as well," Plevneliev said in an interview with TV channel BTV.

    "It's not just about Turkey, it's …

  • Witnesses: At request of Russian Federation, Bulgaria bans laying flowers in memory of Nemtsov

    The Embassy of Russia in Bulgaria has banned the laying of flowers in memory of murdered politician Boris Nemtsov anywhere near the diplomatic mission building. Journalist Natalia Novozhilova wrote about the development on her Facebook page, where she shared a post from an eyewitness named Tsvetan Kristev.

    According to the Bulgarian eyewitness, he wanted to honor the memory of Nemtsov on the anniversary of his death, but the Embassy told him that Russia would regard such an act "as a threat." …

  • US military arrives in Bulgaria for joint exercises

    The deployment of a US military division to the “Novo Selo” training ground in Bulgaria has begun in the as part of strengthening NATO's eastern flank, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense reported.

    “The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team from Fort Carson, USA, was housed at the Novo Selo training field,” a statement said. A total of 120 American service members arrived as part of the combat team.

    The press office also reported that 15 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, two M-113 fully tracked …

  • Warships from four NATO countries will carry out air defense exercises during Black Sea drills

    On the 13th of February, warships from Canada, Spain, Romania, and Bulgaria will practice air defense maneuvers and responses to simulated enemy attacks, the press service of the Bulgarian Defense Ministry reported.

    “Tactical maneuvering, air defense, responses to different surface attacks, helicopter cargo deliveries, and other maneuvers will be practiced during these PASSEX-type exercises (passing exercise). These exercises will take place on the 13th of February in the Black Sea,” the …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO will strengthen its presence in the Black Sea region

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the NATO countries’ Ministry of Defence representatives are going to adopt a package of measures to strengthen the military presence in the Black Sea region at a meeting in February.

    Stoltenberg made this statement at a meeting with the new president of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev.

    "We see a more aggressive Russia. We see riots and violence in the south, and terrorism. And we see cyber-attacks and hybrid wars," Stoltenberg said.

    "Therefore NATO …

  • Bulgarian President: Russia finances anti-European parties and media in the EU

    The Russian Federation conducts an organized policy and uses alternative methods to destabilize the situation in the European Union, including maintaining ultranationalist forces, as stated by President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, dsnews.ua reported.

    "It is no secret now that this policy is organized and carried out with a clear purpose: to destabilize the EU,” Plevneliev said.

    He is sure that Russia wants to undermine the EU from within, …

  • Bulgaria’s new president-elect looks forward to developing dialogue with Russia

    The President-elect of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, stated at his first press conference that he looks forward to developing dialogue with Russia. “The in-depth dialogue with Russia will give a chance to reduce the level of opposition, escalation of tension and normalization of the situation in Syria and Ukraine. We all want it,” Radev said.

    “The policy towards sanctions is the responsibility of the government,” Radev noted, speaking about anti-Russian sanctions. “However, as the President of …

  • Bulgarian President accused Russia of cyber-attacks

    Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev believes that Russia is trying to divide and destabilize Europe with the help of cyber-attacks.

    According to him, the Kremlin is trying to influence the policy of his country and other European countries by financing political parties and spreading propaganda.

    Plevneliev said that the hackers who attacked the Bulgarian Central Election Commission website and a number of government sites last year may belong to the same group as the organizers of the …

  • Bulgaria accuses Russia of repeatedly violating its airspace

    The Minister of Defense of Bulgaria, Nikolay Nenchev, stated that Bulgarian airspace has been increasingly violated by Russian aircraft—actions that can be interpreted as provocation against Bulgaria and its Air Force, Reuters reported. According to Nenchev, four cases of flights of military aircraft and six cases of flights of passenger liners through Bulgarian airspace were recorded in June.

    Nenchev claims that Russian aircraft entering Bulgarian airspace switch off their transponders— …

  • Bulgaria urges NATO to increase support for Ukraine

    Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

    Bulgarian President expressed his support in continued assistence of Ukraine by the North Atlantic Alliance. The decision about the further assistence will be made at the Warsaw NATO summit in early July.

    "During the meeting of NATO defense ministers, it was decided to increase support for Ukraine. We expect that this support will be approved at the NATO meeting in Warsaw,” said Plevneliev after talks …