Bulgarian President Calls for Higher Defense Budget
Bulgaria's budget for defense is not sufficient, believes the country's President Rosen Plevneliev.
"Substantial additional funds will be needed for the Ministry of Defense's budget in order to conduct the modernization of the army. As it stands, the resources are not enough", Plevneliev commented during a ceremony to promote a number of high-ranking military officials.
What the President was referring to was recent recommendations by NATO, urging Bulgaria to modernize its army in terms of equipment.
Plevneliev added that the country's military budget is progressively decreasing as a share of the overall GDP, a trend which he believes is not in line with the current security situation in the region.
The Bulgarian army is currently implementing personnel cuts, with some 1,300 of its staff expected to be laid off by the end of 2014.
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You are wrong as usually, anti-Slavonic dumb-head! Bulgaria would be much better off with Putin than with EU. Talk to Greece about it, dude! Never mind South Stream, Putin has North Stream. Would the gas from that direction be more expensive is another matter.
Mr Plevneliev is a politician of european class, reasonable and clever. I believe Bulgaria will not fall under putler's KGB regime's domination only because of a stream of easy money to be paid as investion into so-called south stream project. Europe needs unified approach to the energy issue, the last events clearly show that the south stream project should be suspended if not cancelled at all. Russia needs to be stopped as we do not need another Hitler/Stalin in Europe.
So the US EU and NATO back a coup in Kiev that puts facists in power in Kiev.
Payback for them is
More arms sales to NATO members in Eastern Europe such as Romania and Bulgaria.
Loans to the illegal government so that the Ukraine can repay Western banks 9 billion this year, loan conditions such as higher taxes, higher energy costs and government cutbacks will be paid for by ordinary Ukranians.
Yes US EU NATO you are sure fucking Eastern Europe.
the soon Bulgaria gets rid of the KGB puppet Oligarski as prime minister the better - The president thankfully doesn't bend over and take a shafting from the russian mafia, and sensibly understands that looking to the west is the only way to prevent Bulgaria being next on the list for tsar putkas expansionism of the KGB dictatorship
The sooner Bulgaria get rid of this enslaved NATO puppet "Plevneliev" the better. Clearly this fool is following exactly like the US/NATO wants while speaking bullshit about recent events not to mention anti-Russian talks.
I have never ever heard anything good coming out from this president, but fortunately the prime minister has more power and able to make better decisions.