Bulgarian Parties Do Not Recognize Crimea's Referendum

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Parties Do Not Recognize Crimea's Referendum Bulgaria's Consultative Council for Natonal Security was also attended by top political figures - right to left: Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, President Rosen Plevneliev, Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev, Photo by BG

Parties in Bulgaria's Parliament have adopted a common stance on the Ukrainian crisis, President Rosen Plevenliev announced.

Ultra-nationalist party Ataka is the only political player to have refrained from the joint position, Plevneliev was quoted as saying by Darknews.bg, immediately after a four-hour-long emergency meeting of the Consultative Council for National Security that took place on Monday.

Bulgaria's energy sector would be most affected by an ongoing crises, the head of state explained.

Talks between political parties and and government and intelligence officials were scheduled after Plevneliev called the Consultative Council for National Security, a panel in which politicians and chiefs of security services meet to discuss urgent issues.

The President, summarizing results from the talks, said that Bulgaria, though taking its national interest into sight, will act as a member of the EU and NATO, and thus supports Ukraine's territorial integrity.

The country deems March 16's referendum in Crimea illegitimate, as it is a violation of international law and cannot be recognized, Plevneliev said.

Bulgaria also backs the signing of the political part of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, as well as upcoming adoption of the economic part, after presidential elections are held in that country on May 25.

Regarding risks to energy security that could be posed by EU-based sanctions to Russia, Plevneliev said ways will be sought to diversify supplies.

Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev added that Bulgarian minorities in Ukraine should also be taken into account when shaping the approach toward the Ukrainian standoff.

Ataka's leader, Volen Siderov, which left the meeting to take part in a demonstration organized by his party demanding recognition of Crimea's referendum, said he could not accept reports of military and intelligence chiefs that were heard by the political parties.

Siderov was firm that parts of these documents were "unacceptable".

He described claims in the reports that Russia was committing acts of military aggression in Ukraine was "absolutely wrong and exceptionally idiotic," Dnes.bg quoted him as saying.

Siderov called for Bulgaria's politics to be made in a "sovereign and independent way".

Reports by website OffNews.bg suggest that participants in Ataka's protest outside the Presidency, where the Consultative Council was held, demanded sanctions against Turkey and not against Russia.

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Lana J. - 25 Mar 2014 // 23:15:49

I would not mention communism, if I were you. Actually, socialism was the best era in the life of many decent people in Eastern Europe. Not all, of course. Crooks are doing very well now...

Lana J. - 25 Mar 2014 // 23:08:57

Warfou, there is a monumental difference between Crimea and Bulgaria. Bulgaria never was a territorial part of Russia, but Crimea was. Russians, who buy properties in Bulgaria, do it because they want to do so. Russians in Crimea were made to be Ukrainians because Nikita Khrushchev decide so.

Lana J. - 25 Mar 2014 // 22:53:55

Parties in Bulgaria's Parliament have adopted a common stance on the Ukrainian crisis... Is it because they don't have their own 'stance' on the matter or because they afraid to disappoint EU? ' Lapdog' comes to mind...

sa-sha - 25 Mar 2014 // 09:11:03

...;-) "stealing property"? Super! But the correct remark is: "You are in the EU now - no dissent allowed, sorry." Bulgaria is already stolen, it is already a common USA/EU/NATO property.

Ya and Ne - 25 Mar 2014 // 08:20:52

Whereas the russians continue the communist tradition of stealing property.

wilfulsprite - 25 Mar 2014 // 04:38:31

You are in the EU now - no dissent allowed, sorry.

warfou - 25 Mar 2014 // 01:07:56

"you are an idiot" = "russians have culture". Yes, of course they have. Here is an example.

Yane - 24 Mar 2014 // 22:48:39

You are an idiot, Russians have same culture n religion, they invest in country and get along with Bulgarians, they also give money to churches. As for the English low-lives like you probably are, only come to buy, then leave waiting to sell, thereby not contributing to the community. Should be a ban on westerns buying property...

Warfou - 24 Mar 2014 // 21:43:12

It's better for Bulgaria not to sell houses to the Russians. They can do the same as on the Crimea.

Yane - 24 Mar 2014 // 21:27:49

Good job, idiots! Now, here's a reality check.

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Get the picture? Bye bye Russians, they pack their bags and their money and I doubt they would want to come back n spend any more money in a country with politicians so ungrateful and so far up Washington's ass! Ordinary Bulgarians will suffer because their so-called 'leaders' only know how to jump like obedient knee dogs.

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