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, since this is a very difficult and seemingly insurmountable job for us, but we will try,” said the head of the government.
Speaking about the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Bulgaria in 2018, Borisov stressed that President Radev had invited the Russian leader, but “if the Russian president wants to meet with the prime minister, he will not refuse such an invitation.”
The Bulgarian Prime Minister also noted that Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro should become members of the European Union as soon as possible.