Russia Condemns 'Inadmissible Rhetoric' of Bulgarian President

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Bulgaria: Russia Condemns 'Inadmissible Rhetoric' of Bulgarian President Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, photo by EPA/BGNES

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed serious concern about claims of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev that Russia is an aggressive and nationalist country.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Alexander Lukasevic, as cited by ITAR-TASS, condemned Plevneliev’s comments in an interview for German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

In the interview, published on October 4, Plevneliev is asked to elaborate on a report of Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry, presented by him at a NATO summit in Wales, which refers to "total propaganda of Russian politics" and "open information warfare" against Bulgaria.

Plevneliev says that “we all want to see a country which has produced Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky as a partner. However, facts show that we are dealing with a different Russia nowadays – a nationalist, aggressive state ruled by a President who sees Europe as an opponent, not a partner.”

Lukasevic argues that Bulgaria’s head of state is using inadmissible rhetoric against Moscow to the benefit of a pro-Western conjuncture that ignores reality and neglects centuries-old traditions of friendly relations and cooperation between the brotherly peoples of Russia and Bulgaria.

He underscores that “a Bulgarian politician of such high rank turns a blind eye to the persistent and consistent diplomatic efforts of Russia and President Vladimir Putin to unblock the crisis in Ukraine.”

“It is obvious that we are dealing with a deliberately distorted and selective approach to the assessment of Russia's foreign policy in Ukraine,” Lukasevic states.

He insists that the allegations of the Bulgarian President have nothing to do with the tasks of bilateral cooperation and with the prevailing attitude among Bulgarians in favor of developing partnership with Russia.

Moscow's comments came just a day after the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to a remark by Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin, who wrote on Twitter that Bulgaria's caretaker PM Georgi Bliznashki had betrayed Russia.

The Foreign Ministry retorted Bulgaria does not need to explain its sovereign decisions to Russia.

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BG-man - 12 Oct 2014 // 10:48:06

Im sorry Yane, but Bulgaria really doenst have many options. We are a small country, with a low population, and a lot of issues. We are dependent on larger states, so if being the lap dog of the US gets us what we need then the ends justify the means. I am in full favor for fighting to win and cheating than fight fair only to lose. BG has been reduced to only a shadow of the place it used to be. So instead of arguing I suggest that something gets done.

Yane - 12 Oct 2014 // 01:54:57

Your view of "democracy" is to be a lapdog of US.

John Doe - 11 Oct 2014 // 10:24:16

Bulgaria is very lucky to have a president like Plevneliev. Ever since he took office he demonstrates his understanding of democracy. What I admire most, he does not shrink away from telling uncomfortable truths. His concern is always Bulgaria. I wish that the leaders of all political parties in Bulgaria start doing the same. He is a statesman and patriot a quality not seen very often in Bulgaria or in Europe.

Yane - 10 Oct 2014 // 21:08:41

Plevniev should just shut the hell up.

BG-man - 10 Oct 2014 // 18:51:54

The thing is Plevneliev is playing a game that he cant play and its not his fault. Bulgaria, as most of us know, suffers from energy deficiency in both power and natural gas. The Russians have been kind enough to "give" us access to the southern stream and better access to energy. The Germans on the other hand have invested... 10 billion (I may need a fact check on the figure here) for development of clean energy sources in BG. At this point Germany and Russia control almost all of our economy via exports and imports, so loosing either side as a supporter will hurt the nation. If you want to put it in simple terms, two hands are feeding you, why bite? Instead, let them continue to invest, fix the roads, get reliable energy sources, create opportunities for college graduates, attract foreign assets (human or otherwise). Then when we have to pick, pick the side that supports progress not oppression.

Warfou - 10 Oct 2014 // 14:24:38

Who cares what the post-soviets in Russia condemn about? Mr Plevneliev is an exceptional politician and Bulgaria is a free country and will always be like that. Someone here has greeted you from Romania, so I am joining with greetings from Poland then: pozdrowienia z Polski!

Patri0t - 10 Oct 2014 // 14:16:27

Right On President Plevneliev!!! Thank you for sending our proud message to the aggressors!! It's a pity what people rule Russia these days. Hope they catch up with the rest of the world one day.

Patri0t - 10 Oct 2014 // 14:06:06

Plevneliev is on of the best statesmen Bulgaria has ever had.

sa-sha - 10 Oct 2014 // 12:10:26

Honest approach, BG-man.
"we know the truth"--- the flock "we" chews the MSM "truth". Peter, Peter...You spit on what You, obviously, value: democracy. "weak excuse"? Peter, Crimeans waved their hands to those who committed the Coup d'Etat in Kiev, they CLEARLY expressed their will, and just it is Democracy. Have You been in Crimea? Come there and listen, though once, not to MSM' "truth" but to the "uncorrect people", to the Crimeans. Just Vox populi is the truth, while vox media is the interpretation, Peter...
"unrest in eastern Ukraine"---My Lord, wake up, Peter. A killer comes to Your home and kills, tortures, violates in
order to establish his authority...not everybody can accept it. The ABSOLUTE majority of people in South-Eastern Ukraine DO NOT accept. Donetsk and Lugansk fight for their freedom, despite the stance of the
overfed by MSM' cud and, hence, super democratic "we all" public, public which fervently supports today the thugs. People fight for their life and freedom, Peter, forgive them for it.

peterperfect - 10 Oct 2014 // 10:21:34

Political clamp downs at home, deliberate inaction in Syria, weak excuses to walk into the Crimea and (despite all protestations we know the truth) stirring up unrest in eastern Ukraine, let alone the pressure that may have been put on the countries former leader which kicked off the trouble in the first place - let the actions talk for themselves.

BG-man - 10 Oct 2014 // 10:15:17

Guys, first of all we should draw some attention to the fact that this is the exact same situation bulgaria found itself in before WW2. Bilateral trade agreements were a factor in our decision to join the Germans. Bg has become, once again, the satellite state to, at this point, either germany or russia. Its sad to see the situation there, but its time we took a stance, we either back the EU or we sign over to the Russians because what we love to do, which is nothing, wont get us very far in the long run.

Personally I am for the west, I love the Russians for all they did helping us against the turks and all that, but Germay is powerful and has the right idea of how to build and maintain a healthy nation which we can eventually emulate. However, I live in the US and so I am also separated from the situation and I want to see the people get what they want. Idc about our incompetent government, or their petty bribes, give the people what they want and maybe they will let you have that comfy chair for a little bit longer this time.

This stuff makes me want to run for president, at least I love bulgaria and its people. I have no care to steal, bribe, or cheat. It would only hurt us more...

Agent Piccadilly - 10 Oct 2014 // 08:35:28

Ignore Optmistic, he is an agent of Soros who spreads fascist propaganda on behalf of GERB and the West.

Optimistic - 10 Oct 2014 // 08:32:10

Russia has not invaded the Ukraine, there are volunteers from Russia, France, the US, Serbia and other countries helping the seperatists.

On Syria even Western Military advisors are saying that if the West wants to beat ISIS then they need to work with Syria.

The Wests big ally in the area Turkey is talking but not doing anything.

Yane - 10 Oct 2014 // 00:58:52

Plevniev is a western puppet, a traitor to Bulgaria.

Vlad M. - 9 Oct 2014 // 23:58:16

Russians have a lot of nerve to criticize the Bulgarian president, especially considering the fact the Russia has INVADED Ukraine. Well done, mr. Plevneliev. Salutari din Romania!

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