Contents tagged with Bulgaria

  • Russia considers running Turkish Stream Gas pipeline through Bulgaria

    Following talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Gazprom was "working out in practical terms" the construction of a second gas line stretching from Turkey to Bulgaria for Turkish Stream, which is intended for the transit of Russian gas through Turkey to the countries of the Southeast Europe, reported the newspaper Kommersant.

    Initially, Gazprom was considering two routes – one through Greece to southern Italy (nicknamed the Poseidon …

  • Ukraine and Bulgaria agree on the construction of a transport corridor

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov agreed on the joint construction of a road between the Odessa region, Reni and Varna, Poroshenko’s reported on hist Twitter.

    “We agreed with the Prime Minister of Bulgaria to step up the construction of the road between the Odessa region, Reni and Varna through the territory of Romania,” Poroshenko stated. “We will do everything so that it becomes possible to get to Varna from Odessa easily in a few hours in the …

  • Despite Ukraine’s protest Bulgaria hires Russian company to repair its MiG-29 fighters

    According to the documents provided by the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense, Bulgaria has picked Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG to overhaul 15 soviet-era MiG-29 fighters before 2020, Reuters reports.

    It’s reported that, as a member of the European Union and NATO, Bulgaria believes that only the Russian company can provide high-quality repairs. That is why Bulgarian officials did not invite any other bidders for the project.

    The Ministry of Defense of Bulgaria planned to sign a four-year …

  • Bulgarian deputy prime minister calls Russian Patriarch 'KGB agent'

    Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov called Russian Patriarch Kirill of Moscow a “KGB agent” and “Russia’s cigarette metropolitan”, Radio Liberty writes.

    “He is not an orthodox cleric. He is agent Mikhailov, a second-rate Soviet KGB agent,” the Deputy Prime Minister remarked.

    According to Simeonov, the Russian patriarch has imported $14 billion worth of cigarettes into Russia since 1996.

    This was Simeonov’s response to Kirill’s statements that he was disappointed with the …

  • Bulgarian President vetoes anti-corruption law

    Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has vetoed a bill on combating corruption and confiscating illegally acquired property, Deutsche Welle reports.

    On Tuesday, January 2, the presidential press office relayed that the document was thus returned to the National Assembly (parliament) for discussion.

    Radev believes that the measures provided by law are insufficient for effectively combating corruption, and that they also deviate from provisions of the country's constitution and international …

  • Bulgaria will not break off MiG maintenance deal with Russia

    The anti-monopoly service of Bulgaria refused to annul the government’s deal with the Russian aircraft construction company MiG. The demand of the Ukrainian company Ukrinmash was thus rejected, Reuters reported on Tuesday January 2 with reference to a statement by the Bulgarian anti-monopoly regulator. The decision can be challenged within three days.

    In December 2017, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry commissioned MiG to service 15 old fighters. The four-year deal was estimated at a value of $50. …

  • Bulgaria suspends military deal with Russia due to complaint made by Ukraine

    Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said that Sofia suspended the deal with Russia to repair MiG-29 aircraft because of a complaint by Ukrainian Ukroboronprom company, as reported on the Bulgarian Defense Ministry’s website.

    The Russian company was to re-equip 15 old MiG fighters for the Bulgarian armed forces. However, due to the complaint by Ukraine to the Commission on Protection of Competition, the authorities of the country were forced to suspend the process.

    Karakachanov …

  • Military pilots in Bulgaria refuse to fly Russian MiG-29 fighters

    Some military pilots in Bulgaria are refusing to fly Russian MiG-29 fighters during training flights, citing security issues of the obsolete airplanes, stated Atanas Zapryanov, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Bulgaria, Radio Liberty reports.

    “Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov accused the pilots who refused to fly the Russian aircraft of carrying out a politically motivated campaign. He insists that Bulgaria will restore all of its MiG-29s and about 20 Russian Su-25 bombers,” the …

  • President of Bulgaria: Sanctions against Russia should be abolished

    At a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that he wants European sanctions against Russia to be abolished, Nova TV reported.

    According to Radev, it is necessary to seek diplomatic solutions for Russian issue, so as not to harm business. "In the economic sense, these sanctions are very painful," he said.

    According to the Bulgarian president, sanctions cannot last forever, and business should not suffer from this.

    "Therefore, they must be eliminated," …

  • Bulgaria to seek lifting of sanctions against Russia during its Chairmanship in the EU

    Bulgaria intends to seek the lifting of sanctions against Russia during its term as chairman of the Council of the EU in 2018, as announced by the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov during the opening of an office of the European Investment Bank in Sofia, news agency Ukrinform reports.

    “During our term as chairman of the EU, we must work politically and diplomatically to lift sanctions from Russia and reduce tensions between Europe and Russia. I do not know if we will be able to do this, …