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Commenting article: Politico: Bulgaria May Veer Shaprly Back into Moscow Orbit after Presidential Vote

Bulgaria "looks set to veer sharply back into Moscow's strategic orbit after Socialist candidate Rumen Radev won the presidency in a landslide on Sunday," Politico writes in a report on the country's presidential election.

The text argues the political crisis triggered by Radev's victory - with center-right Prime Minister Boyko Borisov stepping down - "will be closely monitored by the rest of the EU and NATO."

It cites Radev's call for an end to sanctions "immediately after his victory," wasting "no time in leaping to the defense of Kremlin". (Radev said he would work toward the lifting of sanctions as an answer to a journalist question during his post-election press conference.)

Russia’s influence in Bulgaria, the poorest EU member state, "is unusually strong, due in part to a complex web of commercial ties in the military, financial and energy sectors," according to Politico.

Borisov's GERB party "had become an obvious target for public frustration over corruption."

Ivailo Ivanov - 14 Nov 2016 // 18:03:52

This paper is liberal propaganda and it reflects the main political line of the liberal EU government. But there is anti liberal mood all over Eu and at one moment it will prevail..liberal does not mean leftist..!!! Its is more a religion of the global financial predators. The situation in Bulgaria is much more complex than it is presented in the paper.. and the motives are different. Our problems do not come from Russia so it is time to find another scapegoat for them.. Also the historical Russian allies are Serbia and Greece.. we cant take their place. May be Politico will analyze the feelings of the Serbs and the Greeks too??

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