Russian Press: Bulgaria Stirred Political Scandal with NATO Nomination

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Russian Press: Bulgaria Stirred Political Scandal with NATO Nomination: Russian Press: Bulgaria Stirred Political Scandal with NATO Nomination Former Bulgairna Foreign Minister Solomon Passy said he was deeply satisfied by the fact that Bulgaria has decided to nominate the country's own candidate. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria stirred a political scandal at NATO with the official nomination of Solomon Passy for the post of Secretary General of the Alliance, the Russian information agency ITAR-TASS writes Friday.

The publication quotes an anonymous diplomatic source, who had said that NATO followed the tradition of a confidential dialogue when a Secretary General nomination was on the table, adding that internal discussions of the nominations have started, but only at the level of official country Ambassadors.

The diplomat had voiced his regret about the "awkward and embarrassing" move of the Cabinet in Sofia and warned of future partisan bickering during the selection process, which could have a negative effect on NATO's image, ITAR-TASS informs.

The Darik radio further cites France Press (FP) as reporting that "with the official nomination of Solomon Passy as NATO Secretary General, Bulgaria opened the competition."

The FP publication confirms that on January 27, 26 Ambassadors have initiated the unofficial and confidential procedure of nominating potential candidates. One of the diplomats is described as being very surprised and defining Bulgaria's move as "strange and interfering with the tradition of maintaining confidentiality." The diplomat had said that the practice was to first make preliminary inquiries in the capitals of the NATO members.

Solomon Passy, on his part, told the Bulgarian Information Agency BTA that he was deeply satisfied by the fact that Bulgaria has decided to nominate the country's own candidate.

"With its decision, the Cabinet showed that we are serious about our participation in the Alliance. Each Bulgarian nomination must be seen as regional and representative of the Balkans, the new NATO members and the Black Sea region," Passy said.
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resipsaloquitur - 14 Feb 2009 // 23:44:23

Hey Theodor or Todor,

today BBC had an interview with the General Secretary of OPEG nad he said they

invited Russia and Mexico to join OPEG and REDUCE the oil production.

Goal is to PRODUCE LESS oil ,pump less on the world market and INCREASE the



As you remember JUST 5 months ago the barrel of oil was $147.

This prize could be seeen again on the NYSE.

As for the Russian press it is NOT true that ALL media is prasing Putin and his protegees.


Teodor - 14 Feb 2009 // 09:27:35

Russian press should steer clear of Bulgaria and NATO. Does the Russian press bear any meaning outside of propaganda pro Kremlin? The less of Russia we see and hear the better, especially, now that oil is cheap!!!

Buddy - 14 Feb 2009 // 08:25:26

YOu will be nominated, Nelly, another heterosexual in the band of so called europeans, who deny its nazi origine and alliance with HItlers toughts!

Buddy - 14 Feb 2009 // 07:35:53

That Reckless dummy face Passy, and his notorious supporter the would like be King and analphabet in various languages, including BUlgarian Mr. Simeon Sax Coburg Gotha,has surpassed the intransigence of the Monarchy and of the Zhivkov Regime. Those clowns are using their power position to undertake all kind of shamefull steps, which distort the name of Bulgaria, for which millions fought to attain its independence only century and a half ago. At that time Bulgarians where denied to have their own church or Bishop,own school or History and had to fight their own way to Liberty. Mr. Passy does not represent this History of the country called Bulgaria. He represents his own obsessive reckless Passy style of policy,known as: spite on your fathers faith, lick the kings dish, and you will be a big fish!
The Parade of the clowns continues....

xNELLIEx - 13 Feb 2009 // 23:56:01

Solomon Passy is a good man. In any case, there is no one better. Who would you nominate? Some fat old communist slut? Or some socialist ex-KGB d!ck?

Philippe - 13 Feb 2009 // 17:27:17

I'm not surprised that there would be strong reactions on this nomination; Only the fact that Salomon Passy is a dedicated Israel supporter, with all respect for his religion, makes it diplomatically unacceptable. More, scandals during his term in government may jeopardize his integrity (remember Willy Claeys and the Agusta affair).

Could have been nice for him, become Brussels resident, together with Gergana Grancherova (future MEP?), but I'm affraid this honeymoon won't be as Nato SG;

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