FM Vigenin to Visit Kiev, Discuss Bulgarian Minority Rights

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Bulgaria: FM Vigenin to Visit Kiev, Discuss Bulgarian Minority Rights Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin is heading for Kiev on Tuesday to discuss the safety of the Bulgarian minority in Ukraine.

The decision was announced after an emergency meeting of EU top diplomats over the Ukrainian crisis in Brussels, as the Bulgarian National Television has reported.

More than 200 000 Bulgarians live in Ukraine according to the 2001 census.

Apart from the capital, Vigenin also intends to travel to the Ukrainian city of Odessa, where a compact group of Bulgarians is concentrated and which is just a few hundred km away from the Crimean Peninsula and approximately 311 km from its capital, Simferopol, where tensions have been recently on the rise.

The Foreign Minister also claimed that during the visit he will make it clear that bilateral relations depend upon how the Bulgarian minority is treated.

Bulgaria has expressed its indignation at the new Ukrainian leadership's decision to scrap a law giving minority languages across the country the status of "official" ones within a region if they are spoken by more than 10% of the population.

The legislation was cancelled after being introduced by the party of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych in 2012 and sparked the outrage of ethnic Russians who are the prevailing population in Crimea and a significant part of Eastern Ukraine.

Vigenin declared that all groups, regions, and national minorities should be included in the new government and that their rights should be protected in accordance with Ukraine's international commitments.

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Behemoth - 4 Mar 2014 // 17:19:44


I couldn't care less what you "suspect". And when you think that suspecting me to be a "Romanian" is offending me, you are mistaken. Btw someone who calls himself "Dr. Faust" and/or "Mephisto" - I haven't been around in this forum at that time, but it is obvious from the aliases from which country that guy must have come.

So the bottom line is: you know nothing and you are even not able to "suspect" correctly. Poor satan, and now p*ss off and back to your dungeon.

Satan - 4 Mar 2014 // 14:57:59

I suspect Behemoth is the same Romanian 'formerly known' as DrFaust and Mephisto. His style is 'unique'

Behemoth - 4 Mar 2014 // 13:58:42


I had a good laugh about your "you sound very American". You have clearly no idea to whom you are talking, where I am from and what kind of background I have. And no, I don't think I am self-righteous. I explained in detail why I think this mission is a complete idiocy. Unfortunately you didn't explain to us why you have a different opinion. That could have been an interesting discussion which I always enjoy. But it seems you prefer to make derogatory remarks about people whose opinion you don't like and about whose identity and origin you are absolutely clueless instead of discussing an issue based on your own opinion, knowledge, and evaluation. Pity that you missed this opportunity, but as you said: never mind!

CelticTiger - 4 Mar 2014 // 13:31:51

As I said,, never mind,
You too self righteous for real perception. You sound very American , what with the "Buddy" the flowers in the garden and all that. At any rate I have now more time to spend on your armchair politics . Take care and don't get too lost in that warm bed your on about so much.

Richiie - 4 Mar 2014 // 13:30:41

Behemoth, you are right. The question of minority rights is an important one, but Vigenin is hardly the right person to ask it. Let's hope the Ukrainians he is going to meet have read your post and remind Vigenin of the status of minority languages in his own country, where it is forbidden to use them in advertising and political campaigning (where freedom of speech is especially important).

Behemoth - 4 Mar 2014 // 13:17:53


it seems you completely missed my point. My point was that it is simply idiotic to choose this moment to discuss a topic that is
a) right now not at all an issue for the Ukrainian government - or do you discuss with your gardener at length which flowers to plant in your garden when your house is burning down right now?
b) most "Bulgarians" in the Ukraine are ethnic Ukrainians and Russians that discovered their "Bulgarianness" after Bulgaria joined the EU and they realized how easy it is to become an EU citizen by asking for this cheap passport
c) Bulgaria is making itself the laughing stock of Europe and the rest of the civilized world when it asks for minority rights for "their" minorities abroad, when it doesn't recognize any minority rights for ethnic minorities in Bulgaria - is this just moronic thinking, hypocrisy, or racism?
d) the Ukrainian government has announced that it will not abolish the status of the minority languages, so there is no point at all saying that the "Bulgarians" in the Ukraine are discriminated or not having special privileges regarding their language.
Which means this journey is unnecessary, has a ridiculous agenda, shows a lack of elementary professionalism from a diplomatic point of view, is a waste of taxpayers money, and is just once again displaying the idiocy of this government in general and of this minister in particular.
I hope this helps you understand what I was saying in my first posting (which was rather clear, but maybe you didn't get the irony).

CelticTiger - 4 Mar 2014 // 13:02:27

Buddy, since when ??

Never mind your obviously on a different page.

sa-sha - 4 Mar 2014 // 12:52:04

Thanks for the reaction, Ironic! Still it is not the reply to the question: Where is that "Russian invasion"?
And as for "there is a place in Sofia in the 4th km of Tsarigradsko Road....There's a nice warm bed waiting for you there": cordial thanks for the invitation, sure, but I wouldn't like to kick You off that warm bed, buddy. Judging by Your post You still need it. Take care of Yourself, Ironic.

CelticTiger - 4 Mar 2014 // 12:39:36

So what you are saying is, just because you see the situation as you have the right to see it. That means that the Bulgarian living in the Ukraine should just be left there, that is as bright a statement as the Russian one about the letter giving them permission to invade. And if you knew a little more about due process, I am sure that someone will listen to his argument.
I mean they are still listening to the IMF.

Ironic - 4 Mar 2014 // 12:31:14

"Obviously the psychiatrists forgot to give him another pill."

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahaaha. This must be the funniest comment I've heard from the forum's in-house MADMAN!!!!!

Sasha, there's a place in Sofia in the 4th km of Tsarigradsko Road....There's a nice warm bed waiting for you there.


sa-sha - 4 Mar 2014 // 11:46:05

" Having a Russian invasion on a large scale"------!!! ;-)---help!, murder!..... how NATO allowed it? Well, sensless to ask the author for the confirmation of such a great NEWS. Obviously the psychiatrists forgot to give him another pill.

Behemoth - 4 Mar 2014 // 11:27:28

Excellent timing, I have to say! Yes Mr. Vigenin, I am absolutely sure that to discuss the situation of the "Bulgarian" minority is the most pressing issue for the government in Ukraine right now. Having a Russian invasion on a large scale, the real danger of a split of the country or even a civil war, acute bankruptcy - f*ck it, this is all chicken sh*t compared to the REALLY important topic: the Bulgarian minority and its status, which they will discuss gladly and detail with you, out of their good heart and lack of any other urgent issues with which they would have to deal.

Oh yes, and it is so extremely convincing to ask for the introduction of Bulgarian as minority language in regions abroad where there are allegedly more than 10% of people who are "Bulgarians" (i.e. people who want a cheap EU passport) - especially when you represent a country that wouldn't even dream of introducing minority language status for other ethnicies in your own country - in regions where you have more than 50% of another ethnic minority. Very very convincing, consistent and extremely intelligent, Mr. Vigenin. It is of course a sign of high intelligence to ask of others what YOU would not do in your own in a million years. ROFL

Honestly, we knew already that Mr. Vigenin is not the smartest cookie in this cabinet of dimwits. But he convinced me: he is an absolute moron.

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