Contents tagged with Bulgaria

  • Bulgaria wants to abandon Russian MiG military aircraft

    In response to a statement made by the Bulgarian Minister of Defense, Krasimir Karakachanov, that Bulgaria could abandon purchasing new fighters and repair old Russian MiGs that are used in the Bulgarian army, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev spoke against the repair of Russian MiG-29 fighters insisting on the acquisition of new aircraft that meet NATO standards.  

    "No, absolutely not, we cannot give up buying new fighters for the Bulgarian military. Our aviation should be compatible with the …

  • Bulgaria declares its readiness to receive gas from TurkStream

    In the event that Russia halts gas supplies through Ukraine, Bulgaria is ready to accept all of the gas intended for Europe through a second TurkStream pipeline,  stated by the country's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. “If Russia stops pumping 3 billion cubic meters through Ukraine, then we will buy this amount through TurkStream.”

    The Bulgarian Prime Minister noted that a few weeks ago he signed an agreement for the supply of 15.7 billion cubic meters of gas. “And tomorrow we will sign a …

  • Bulgarian President speaks in favor of lifting sanctions against the Russian Federation

    President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev spoke in favor of the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions.

    In his opinion, restrictive measures against Russia have not brought the anticipated benefits, and he is ready to support their withdrawal "with pleasure".

    In addition, as reported by the BTV channel, Radev spoke regarding an early conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leader of Bulgaria intends to invite him to events honoring the 140th anniversary of the country's liberation from …

  • Medvedev: Russia is negotiating with Greece and Bulgaria an entry point for the second branch of the Turkish Stream pipeline

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that Russia is in talks with Greece and Bulgaria regarding an entry point to Turkey for the “Turkish Stream”, reports RIA Novosti.

    "We, within the framework of negotiations that are being conducted with a number of European countries, are determining where it is better to establish an entry point to Europe. There are different proposals. Negotiations are being conducted with a number of European countries, these are both Greece and Bulgaria. Well, and …

  • US Vice Admiral asserts that ensuring security in the Black Sea is NATO’s most important task

    US 6th Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO Commander Vice Admiral Christopher Grady discussed cooperation in providing maritime security in the region with the commander of the Bulgarian naval forces, Rear Admiral Mitko Petev in Varna.

    At the press conference, they expressed high appreciation for the joint work, stressing that ensuring security in the Black Sea region is one of the most important tasks to be solved jointly.

    "It is very important for us to maintain good …

  • 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 …