Bulgarian MPs Reject Proposal for Enhancing Interparliamentary Dialogue with Russia

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian MPs Reject Proposal for Enhancing Interparliamentary Dialogue with Russia

The Bulgarian parliament rejected on Wednesday a proposal for encouraging interparliamenary dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Russia.

The proposal was submitted by the largest Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).

It garnered the support of 49 MPs from BSP and from the two smallest parties in parliament – the nationalist Ataka and the left-wing Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV), which withdrew its support from the government last month.

A total of 39 MPs voted against, while 39 other abstained, with lawmakers from the centrist Bulgarian Democratic Centre (BDC) not taking part in the voting, daily Dnevnik informs.

The proposal foresaw entrusting Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov with the task to present to the European Council and the Foreign Affairs Council a proposal to remove all Russian parliamentarians from European blacklists and to negotiate reciprocal measure by Moscow.

Socialist MP Valeri Zhablyanov said that the Bulgarian society has been opposed to the sanctions against Russia since their imposition and has been against the worsening of relations with Russia.

Former Socialist leader Mihail Mikov identified the imposition of sanctions against Russian parliamentarians as a "stupid decision of Europe", which created deficit in the parliamentary relations between the countries.

According to the chairperson of the parliamentary foreign policy committee, Dzhema Grozdanova from the largest ruling party GERB, the interparliamentary dialogue has not ceased and it can be conducted as long as there is interest from both sides.

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