FT: Ex-Air Chief Threatens to Upturn Apple Cart of Bulgarian Politics
Socialist-backed presidential candidate Rumen Radev is on the brink of winning the election to become the next head of state, "in the process potentially upturning the apple cart of Bulgarian politics," the Financial Times writes.
A story published after Radev came first in the November 06 presidential election explores the potential implications of his victory in the runoff vote.
The former Air Force chief could take up to 55% of the vote on November 13, Kancho Stoychev of Gallup International Balkan pollsters is quoted as saying.
Radev's fluency in languages is pointed out as a potential advantage to the main ruling party's candidate Tsetska Tsacheva.
However, a reference is also made to accusations that Radev is "too close to Moscow and not fuly committed to Bulgaria's EU and NATO memberships", against the backdrop of his calls for an end to sanctions on Russia but also of his support for Bulgaria's place in the Western alliance system.
"Diplomats in Sofia said they had no reason to doubt his loyalties to the EU and Nato, and observed that it was natural for Bulgarian politicians seeking votes to make a play for the sizeable Russophile element of the electorate."
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He will upturn no apple cart at all. He is a compromise between EU, Turkey, Russia and USA.. he has to balance an exceedingly nervous international and regional situation. He is also an American air force graduate. And basically the Bulgarian socialists did not fulfill a single Russian project here.. they failed Belene and they failed the South stream and etch.. at this time they can not be considered actively pro Russian. The patriots would be a different story.. but in all cases we have only one winning strategy.. we cant make real alliance on the Balkans.. we have to be neutral indeed. and we can not get out of NATO we need it.. but we need NATO to be proactive to ensure security.. NATO that supports Erdogan and the Al Nusra Front in Syria and do nothing to stop the Islamic immigration is not right for us.