Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev: Bulgaria is Feeling Threatened

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Bulgaria is feeling threatened by the tensions in Ukraine, said Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev in an interview for the French daily L'Express. 

“We are witnessing new policies – more aggressive, more nationalistic in the countries, which in the post-communist era were called “the near abroad”,” Plevneliev said. 

In his words the Kremlin is purposefully using destabilization tactics – firs in Crimea and now in south eastern Ukraine. “Who is next? - Moldova? The Balkans,” commented Plevneliev. 

He pointed out that since the start of the tensions in Ukraine, every night the Bulgarian fighter jets are flying out to intercept Russian fighters flying close to Bulgaria's air space over the Black Sea. 

According to Plevneliev Bulgaria remains a russophile country, but is first and foremost pro-European. 

“The Russian project is anti-European in its essence, values and visions on itself and the world,” Plevneliev said. 

He admitted that he was surprised by the reactions of some of Bulgarian politicians, who said that the country must not oppose to Russia. 

“Natural gas should not be used as a weapon,” Plevneliev said. 

In his words the crisis in Ukraine was a matter of survival for the EU and an example of humanism and democratic development. He also pointed out that Europe was not firm enough against Kremlin. 

“If we retreat now, our Union will not only be destabilized, but will be discredited as a model for democracy in the eyes of all who dream of joining it one day – I mean most of all our Balkan neighbors,” Plevneliev said.

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Lana J. - 4 May 2014 // 23:34:05

Hello, Mr. Plevneliev! Bulgaria is not threatened, may be you are? Well, you should be after the lunacy you have been saying. Why would Russia want to invade those poverty stricken countries: Moldova, Ukraine, Balkans? How would Russia benefit from such action? To have their unemployed, pensioners, crime, corruption, ruined economies to deal with? I don't think so. Would Bulgaria bother to occupy Rwanda? You should be more afraid of your pseudo-democratic EU and USA, your beloved NATO which soon will start to brainwash you that you need to buy more armaments from them due to Russian threat and because your masters want to take from your people last yellow stotinki and to put them in the pocket of the weapon manufacturers, hence boost their own economies, not Bulgarian. Apart from all that, Bulgarians are the blood brothers of Russians- that is encrypted in genes of every Russian man or woman!

USSR - 2 May 2014 // 01:23:50

Russia is absolutely not a threat to any country. It built its empire by means of friendly negotiations with its neighbours, who always voluntarily, enthusiastically decided to join her. For the same purpose, Russia sends her warplanes to protect those neighbours who voluntarily joined her against those nasty ones, who do not like to do so.

US - 1 May 2014 // 22:59:52

Absolute stupidity from the BG president. The guy is confused....
Russia is no threat to any country.
Flying planes is practice and exercise. That crisis in Ukraine should be resolved with plenty of international observers. Ukraine is destroying the neighbouring economies.

Lyubomir Petrov - 1 May 2014 // 10:16:56

If Plevenliev is afraid of Russia and scared to be a leader of strong-spirit people, who want to be friends with Kremlin, he better leave the presidency and give place to a man eligible to represent the tough friendly bulgarians!

Lyubomir Petrov - 1 May 2014 // 10:07:22

British and American airplanes have been spreading death in Bulgaria. Sofia still remember. Russian airplanes have been always guarding Bulgaria. Russian airplanes have been always friendly. Even when Bulgarian government has been against Russia, Russians have never behaved as British and Americans.

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