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Commenting article: Bulgaria Seeks to Buy 9 to 10 Fighter Jets - President

Bulgaria needs to buy nine or ten fighter jets, President Rosen Plevneliev said Monday.

Plevneliev, who spoke on the occasion of the country’s Day of Army Valor, noted that Bulgarian experts have done a thorough research ahead of the anticipated purchase of fighter jets.

Bulgaria will enter the final phase of the initial preparation for the purchase within a month, the President said.

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#1
Sofianits - 6 May 2013 // 18:35:48

Any country which buys F-16s is known to be a geopolitical captive of the United States. In fact, that is how you identify them.

#2
Chushki - 7 May 2013 // 03:28:41

Is Plevneliev completely ignorant to what the electorate and protestors have been demanding? The country needs investment in jobs and infrastructure projects at this moment in time, NOT 9 fighter jets.

#3
Tania OZ - 7 May 2013 // 04:49:37

I would love to wipe that silly little schoolboy smirk off Plevneliev's face.

We cannot afford to be wasting money on fighter jets and that is definitely not a priority; spend the money on USEFUL projects. The country has crumbled to its knees and these stupid politicians and The Pres talk rubbish. Fighter jets and shopping malls will do nothing to improve the quality of life for anyone. Wake up and get real.

#4
Mat - 7 May 2013 // 11:54:53

He doesn't really have a choice - Bulgaria is in NATO and has mutual defence obligations because of that. NATO tells Bulgaria what they need to buy and the country just has to buy it. Of course the question is more whether a treaty organisation designed to fight a war that will never happen remains relevant....

#5
Chushki - 7 May 2013 // 15:43:35

Of course BG has a choice - NATO members regularly adjust their committed defense spend based on local economic circumstances - Greece, Italy and Spain are three examples.

#6
Yane - 7 May 2013 // 21:19:31

Not Greece, their defense budget hasn't gone down but up.

Last time they had an economic crisis and cut down on defense, Turkey invaded and took half of Cyprus. Today islamists are in power and target a neighboring country, Syria, it's not a good time to cut down on defense, well, no time is good to cut down on defense.

#7
Chushki - 7 May 2013 // 21:59:42

Yane, you're wrong - after year on year increases since 2003, there was a 30% drop in Greek defense spending in 2010 & 2011

2003 US$ 7.4bn
2004 US$ 8.1bn
2005 US$ 8.8bn
2006 US$ 9.1bn
2007 US$ 9.1bn
2008 US$ 10.1bn
2009 US$ 10.6bn
2010 US$ 7.2bn
2011 US$ 7.5bn

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/19/greece-military-spending-debt-crisis

#8
burning spear - 8 May 2013 // 10:54:46

agh it is just for this 'interim' government to get some backhanders from teh arms dealers - plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose

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