Bulgaria's Ultranationalists Urge Neutrality on Syria
Bulgarian ultranationalist party Ataka (Attack) has declared that the country should remain "fully neutral" in case of a military conflict in the Middle East.
The ultranationalist party, widely known for its pro-Russian sentiments, believes the use of Bulgarian territories, military bases or civilian infrastructure for potential military actions against Syria should be prohibited.
Ataka leader Volen Siderov said his party would propose a draft decision for neutrality on September 4, when the Bulgarian lawmakers return from their summer break.
Siderov urged all political parties in Bulgaria to announce clearly their stance on the situation in Syria.
He reminded that Russia and China have already opposed a military intervention in Syria.
Even though it is not officially part of Bulgaria's ruling Socialist-led coalition, Ataka is a key ally of the government.
Bulgaria has been a member of NATO since 2004.
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Of course we should be neutral, why should we get involved in a conflict which has absolutely nothing to do with us, we are not some super power or anything, nor do we wish to be. I don't support ultra nationalists though, we saw how well an ultra nationalist government turned out in Serbia we don't want the same here.