Russia's Overflight Request to Bulgaria 'Part of Propaganda War'

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The Russian request to Bulgaria for an overflight of "humanitarian aid" planes en route to Syria was part of a propaganda war the country is waging, a former Foreign Minister has said.

Solomon Passy, who was Bulgaria's top diplomat between 2001 and 2005, told private bTV station on Tuesday he failed to understand why Russia had tried to use Bulgaria's airspace to reach Syria, given that routes over Azerbaijan or over the Black Sea are more convenient.

"This corridor had a single goal - to be refused. This is part of Russia's propaganda war [aimed at] showing how bad NATO is by refusing passage to a humanitarian convoy... This corridor has not logistic value whatsoever," Passy argued.

Sofia cited information from domestic and partner foreign services about weapons on board the planes as a reason to ban the flight through its airspace.

Passy, who was the founding President and CEO of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria in 1990, also refuted claims by Moscow Bulgaria had been pressured by NATO into refusing.

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Ivailo Ivanov - 27 Sep 2015 // 19:36:18

"This corridor had a single goal - to be refused"
yes.. Bulgarian as most of the people in the world see USA's politic in the Middle east irresponsible and stupid.. so no one with right mind will support it .. that is why orders from USA are needed to enforce it.. and Russian know that..
and use that...cant blame them for being clever.

pfd7jFER2k - 9 Sep 2015 // 18:41:09

To Paul Breton: Dear Sir, I understand your comment as a well placed satire. I do not believe that Russia would take the humanitarian aid to Syria as an opportunity to stage it's "propaganda war" I believe, this so-called Top Diplomat is an absolute nutter, who has forgotten the history of the US since WWII. For better understanding here a short listing of the wars, the US had forced on the following countries only since 1945 :
China 1945-46
Korea 1950-53
China 1950-53
Guatemala 1954
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-60
Guatemala 1960
Belgian Kongo 1964
Guatemala 1964
Dominican Republic 1965-66
Peru 1965
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Guatemala 1967-69
Lebanon 1982-84
Grenada 1983-84
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1981-92
Nicaragua 1981-90
Iran 1987-88
Libya 1989
Panama 1989-90
Irak 1991
Kuwait 1991
Somalia 1992-94
Bosnia 1995
Iran 1998
Sudan 1998
Afghanistan 1998
Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999
Irak 2003 – 2013
Afghanistan 2001 – 2013
Pakistan 2008 to date
Yemen 2009 to date
Libya 2011
Irak 2014 still ongoing
Syria 2014 still ongoing
Russia ????

When do we start to understand that the US is NOT a friend of ours ???

And to Riichie - if you follow the news - Greece has opened it's airspace for the Russian planes this afternoon,
any questions, SIR ??

Riichie - 9 Sep 2015 // 17:12:58

He's absolutely right. Vladimir Dzhabarov, vice-president of the foreign affairs committee of the Russian federation council has admitted that because they can't overfly Ukraine, the route they use is via the Caucasus region and Turkey and Bulgaria's refusal doesn't really matter. Greece has refused overflight, too.

Tabarnak - 9 Sep 2015 // 15:12:06

Atlantic paranoia!

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