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Bulgaria: ‘How do you imagine this process?’ - Pres Radev criticizes sending arms to Ukraine02:22

Bulgaria: ‘How do you imagine this process?’ - Pres Radev criticizes sending arms to Ukraine

Bulgaria, Sofia
November 22, 2022 at 00:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev held a meeting with lawmakers, in Sofia on Tuesday, over the possibility of war in the country as well as arms deliveries to Ukraine and a clear position on Crimea.

"What measures do you propose so that our country is not drawn into the fire of war? You know that as a military man, I am highly critical of your calls to disarm in wartime before we have delivered and mastered new technology," Radev said.

In his turn, the Co-leader of Democratic Bulgaria, Hristo Ivanov, said that Bulgaria 'unfortunately, did not have a clear position regarding Crimea' because of president's 'Crimea is Russian' is a phrase that was 'weighed on Bulgarian politics and position.'

Radev went on to question measures taken by the lawmakers against 'any possibilities of drawing war to Bulgaria'. He also asked if lawmakers knew about the exchanges of military equipment between countries.

Earlier 175 lawmakers voted to provide military arms aid to Ukraine, detailing which weapons could be delivered to Kiev. However, 49 voted against the motion as well as Radev and Minister of Defense, Dimitar Stoyanov, who came up with words against the plan and mentioned that the Bulgarian army cannot afford such deliveries. Bulgaria has been known as one of the few EU countries to refuse arms deliveries to Ukraine.

Bulgaria: ‘How do you imagine this process?’ - Pres Radev criticizes sending arms to Ukraine02:22
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Bulgarian President Rumen Radev held a meeting with lawmakers, in Sofia on Tuesday, over the possibility of war in the country as well as arms deliveries to Ukraine and a clear position on Crimea.

"What measures do you propose so that our country is not drawn into the fire of war? You know that as a military man, I am highly critical of your calls to disarm in wartime before we have delivered and mastered new technology," Radev said.

In his turn, the Co-leader of Democratic Bulgaria, Hristo Ivanov, said that Bulgaria 'unfortunately, did not have a clear position regarding Crimea' because of president's 'Crimea is Russian' is a phrase that was 'weighed on Bulgarian politics and position.'

Radev went on to question measures taken by the lawmakers against 'any possibilities of drawing war to Bulgaria'. He also asked if lawmakers knew about the exchanges of military equipment between countries.

Earlier 175 lawmakers voted to provide military arms aid to Ukraine, detailing which weapons could be delivered to Kiev. However, 49 voted against the motion as well as Radev and Minister of Defense, Dimitar Stoyanov, who came up with words against the plan and mentioned that the Bulgarian army cannot afford such deliveries. Bulgaria has been known as one of the few EU countries to refuse arms deliveries to Ukraine.