US State Secretary Donates Fighter Jets during Bulgarian Trip

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US State Secretary Donates Fire Jets during Bulgarian Trip: US State Secretary Donates Fighter Jets during Bulgarian Trip Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov (l) with US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, during one of his trips to the US. File photo

During her visit to Bulgaria, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is to extend an official offer to the Bulgarian government for the acquiring from the American army of several secondhand fighter jets F-16.

The proposal would be for Bulgaria to receive them as a gift, according to a report of the Bulgarian "Trud" (Labor) daily. Bulgaria will, however, have to find the money for repairs and for putting them into use.

The US will offer 4Block-25 craft, manufactured about 20 years ago, which are part of the frozen reserves of the American army. "Trud" is citing experts saying that in order to make them usable, Bulgaria will have to shell about BGN 15-20 M on average for each of them.

They also stress that the US Administration aims at expanding the market for such equipment on the Balkans.

In addition to the said amount, there would be a need to build a logistics base and train maintenance personnel. For several years now, Bulgarian pilots are training with the US Air Force, precisely on these fighter jets.

During her official visit to Bulgaria Clinton will also meet with Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and President, Rosen Plevneliev.

Ministers of the cabinet will be present during the talks.

Hillary Clinton has already been to Bulgaria in her capacity of First Lady, when husband Bill Clinton was US President. The visit to Sofia took place in October 1998, when she participated in the conference "Women of the 21st century."

The visit comes on the invitation of Nikolay Mladenov back in October 2010 during his visit to the US when the Bulgarian government's anti-corruption measures were discussed.

Mladenov informs that other topics of the agenda include alleviating US visa regime for Bulgarian citizens, Bulgaria recognizing years of service for Bulgarians, who have worked in the US; strategic partnership between Bulgaria and the US in the security sector, in NATO, and in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, partnership on the Balkans, and the situation in the Middle East.

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#7
sa-sha - 3 Feb 2012 // 18:04:11

When You have problems with bread or, say, with clothes and still give a slice or
some of Your clothes (even snabby) to those who have even more serious problems,
it is a gift, it is donation. But when You are prosperous & wealthy...And You offer
scum as a gift. Second hand & gift, хороша свадьба [~nice wedding]. And fiancee
can't decline the "gift". More than that, the fiancee will have to spent up to
BGN 20mln for "making usable" that trush.....Пипец!

#6
hercules - 3 Feb 2012 // 11:12:45

“This is how the US charm offensive works with the process of osmosis and the Bulgarians (especially Borisov) will be flattered by this offer. Spending hundreds of millions of Euros will be no problem on this important project and the FM will find the money. In reality this is more provocation towards Russia!”


“This isn't provocation against Russia, stop trying so hopelessly to turn our Russian brothers against us just because u hate Bulgaria.”

How do you interrupt this statement as turning Russia against Bulgaria?. Do you really think the Russians don’t already know everything before it happens?

#5
Yane - 3 Feb 2012 // 03:26:15

This isn't provocation against Russia, stop trying so hopelessly to turn our Russian brothers against us just because u hate Bulgaria.

And, we can't afford to buy expensive Sukhois.

#4
hercules - 1 Feb 2012 // 13:36:30

I bet Borisov is getting very excited at the prospect of meeting Hilary again, as Bill and himself have one thing in common. Both are cigar smokers!
He must remember to take the cigar out of the case (with apologises to Monica Lewensky) as it much better that way!

Good Bless Havana !!

#3
bogomil - 1 Feb 2012 // 11:16:06

Yanqui Go Home, and take your war-mongering with you !!

#2
hercules - 1 Feb 2012 // 10:35:10

“The US will offer 4Block-25 craft, manufactured about 20 years ago, which are part of the frozen reserves of the American army. "Trud" is citing experts saying that in order to make them usable, Bulgaria will have to shell about BGN 15-20 M on average for each of them.
They also stress that the US Administration aims at expanding the market for such equipment on the Balkans.
In addition to the said amount, there would be a need to build a logistics base and train maintenance personnel. For several years now, Bulgarian pilots are training with the US Air Force, precisely on these fighter jets.”

This is how the US charm offensive works with the process of osmosis and the Bulgarians (especially Borisov) will be flattered by this offer. Spending hundreds of millions of Euros will be no problem on this important project and the FM will find the money.

In reality this is more provocation towards Russia !

#1
Thenonymous - 1 Feb 2012 // 08:42:26

Surely they wont need that much spending on them?
A few bald tyres and blown light bulbs will Bulgarianise them and save money too.