Outgoing Bulgarian Foreign Minister Slams New Sanctions against Russia

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Bulgaria: Outgoing Bulgarian Foreign Minister Slams New Sanctions against Russia Outgoing Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's outgoing Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has suggested that new sanctions against Russia will have a negative impact on the entire EU.

In a Wednesday interview for the Bulgarian National Television, he claimed that the restrictive measures which the 28 EU Member States were currently discussing would not affect Bulgaria.

He said that the better scenario was for the conflict and the military actions to stop and diplomatic negotiations to start.

As regards the newly adopted state budget update, Vigenin noted that the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) was opposed to the step.

Stressing that BSP had not renounced the outgoing socialist-led government, he added that right-wing formation The Reformist Bloc and the ABV Movement (Alternative for Bulgarian Revival) were also against the budget revision.

He said that the situation at the Foreign Ministry was normal and no last-minute appointments were expected.

As regards the next Bulgarian EU Commissioner, he suggested that the chances of Kristalina Georgieva becoming High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security were minimal.

Vigenin rejected accusations that he was working against her bid but he insisted that her nomination was supposed to have been accompanied by comprehensive debates.

Bulgaria's outgoing Foreign Minister drew attention to the fact that President Rosen Plevneliev had already announced the nomination of Kristalina Georgieva in an interview for a TV program, despite the fact that the political parties had given up talks on the matter, delegating the decision to the caretaker government.

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Dogfish - 1 Aug 2014 // 08:46:21

It's not only the economy, stupid. Business never looks further than next years accounts. When the Kaiser had invaded Belgium in 1914, the City pressured Asquith to stay out of the war. They simply didn't realize what German domination of the continent would mean for them. When Sukarno started to get violent over West-New Guinea in the early sixties, Unilever's president Rijkens went to Djakarta to suck up to Sukarno over his palmoil plantations. We all know how Indonesia treated the Papua and their island.....

Yane - 1 Aug 2014 // 01:28:23

I don't like the socialists, but I have to say the other posts here are very bad...

It's a fact that sanctions r bad for EU economy

Clear enough for you?

Dogfish - 31 Jul 2014 // 10:50:16

He seems to be under the delusion that he would be a likely candidate for EU-commissioner..............

Tania Oz - 31 Jul 2014 // 04:29:31

Ha ha, Kristian Vinegar, sour-puss, nasty to the core and a very unlikeable "person" .

I'll bet this jumped up little nobody threw a major tantrum when he became aware that he won't be Bg's FM anymore.

And no-one really cares what he thinks anyway. Good riddance to him.

Caliguy - 30 Jul 2014 // 17:29:33

Boy what a backstabbing bugger Krisie is.

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