Bulgaria Rejects Russian Offical’s Comment on Air Force Revamp Plans

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Rejects Russian Offical’s Comment on Air Force Revamp Plans Bulgaria's caretaker Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov. Photo BGNES

A comment by Russia’s deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin relating to Bulgaria’s plans to replace its outdated Russian-made combat aircraft is totally unacceptable, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov has said.

Bulgaria is a sovereign state which independently takes decisions related to its security and they can’t be commented upon by high-ranking representatives of other states, Mitov said in a statement.

On Monday, Rogozin wrote on Twitter that “One Shalamanov has persuaded [Bulgarian caretaker Prime Minister Georgi] Bliznashki betray Russia once again in favour of used” Western warplanes.

Rogozin also provided a link to a news story carried by ITAR-TASS on Monday, in which the Russian news agency quoted Bulgarian media reports as saying that Bliznashki’s government had decided to withdraw from service all Russian-made planes and helicopters, including 15 MiG-29 jets,six MiG-21 fightersand 14 Su-25 fighter-bombersbefore 2020.

Bulgaria’s caretaker Defence Minister Velizar Shalamanov said on Monday the NATO member  must choose new fighter planes for its Air Force in the next six months among three offers – new Gripen fighters, used Eurofighters from Italy or used  F16s from Portugal .

“I find Mr. Rogozin’s reference to the Bulgarian Defence Minister as being extremely unworthy,” Mitov said.

“Irrespective of the form and means of communication chosen to deliver the reference, it […] demonstrates lack of respect for Bulgarian institutions and the Bulgarian state.”

Rejecting what he described as “implicit accusations of disloyalty”, Mitov highlighted that as a member of the EU and NATO Bulgaria owes no explanations to third parties for its sovereign decisions.

He also said that comments such as Rogozin’s in no way assist the development of Sofia-Moscow relationship based on mutual interest.



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RusskayaVata - 17 Dec 2014 // 08:49:19

How many Russian people died freeing Bulgaria.. how many times?
Each time Bulgaria stubbed Russia in the back with hate as form of appreciation.
It is a historic fact.

Respect? Nobody respects betrayer, but good master may pat your back.
Frau Merkel just gave you another empty promise about South Stream.
You still believe her? Ha!...

One can only hope for your betrayal of the current masters.

sa-sha - 10 Oct 2014 // 10:51:03


a Hoss thanks "god"..... Oh, Lord, accept it graciously ;-)

Vladimir K. - 9 Oct 2014 // 23:48:26

I hope this joke of prime minister is gone asap.

Hoss - 9 Oct 2014 // 23:27:52

Its nice to see Bulgaria not sucking on the poisonous tit of Russia .... the forced capitulation of Mother Russias days are over Gorbachev made sure of it it was called Perestroika & Glasnost now Bulgaria ia growing up and away from Russia thank god for that !

sa-sha - 9 Oct 2014 // 11:06:41

Much Ado About Nothing...

/Not mass graves of civilians, not permanent murders of people by Ukrainian "central authorities" while the
"cease-fire", but a rather stupid twit (in Russian, for Russians) was "widely noted in Europe", sure. Vigilance
goes first/

Warfou - 8 Oct 2014 // 21:46:03

This declaration has been widely noted in Europe. After the collapse of the Kremlin-fed BSP in recent elections, Bulgaria is regaining opinion of a solid and loyal NATO/EU member.

Mulgorian - 8 Oct 2014 // 21:26:05

Kremlin got 5%. Putin's Ataka party now will be the part of the government.

Fester - 8 Oct 2014 // 17:31:23

Typical approach we can expect from Russia. That's why Bulgaria needs to form a government asap and start pushing away from those Kremlin-led criminals who are bent on reconquering all the former countries of the USSR and their satellites.

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