FM: Bulgaria Must Build Pragmatic Trade Relationship with Russia

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Bulgaria: FM: Bulgaria Must Build Pragmatic Trade Relationship with Russia Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Kristian Vigenin. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Bulgarian cabinet is committed to being pro-active in seeking out foreign markets for Bulgarian products, stated Bulgaria's Foreign Affairs Minister Kristian Vigenin.

"Every country, including Bulgaria, must look for ways to further its interests," said Vigenin in an interview for bTV Tuesday evening.

In particular, the Bulgarian top diplomat singled out Russia as a country with respect to which Bulgaria can do more.

"On the one hand, we have a traditional partnership with Russia. On the other - we have a huge unused potential with respect to the economy, trade, investments and tourism," said Vigenin.

According to him, previous Bulgarian cabinets had failed to uphold a consistent policy with respect to Russia.

"If you look at other EU member states, including leading ones - they have an exceptionally active economic and trade policy towards Russia. Which does not preclude a critical standing on a number of other questions," said Vigenin.

"We must see our own interest and to follow it. That is why respect to this our approach is complex and devoid of ideological dogmas," stated the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister.

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George Zheliazkov - 17 Jan 2014 // 01:50:46

Ahmed slut,
Listen you pro western ignorant whore. The subject here is trade with Russia and your turkey crap is irrelevant.What I should probably mention for ignorant and feeble minded Bulgarian teenagers like you is that whatever "success" turkey managed to achieve is based ENTIRELY on your western EU and American friends. After the second WW the Americans started investments in Turkey and improved their relationship due to their strategic location on military bases against the soviets and eastern Europe during the cold war. Even till today the Americans are investing there with major companies like Ford and etc. still with the strategy of presence and influence over the Balkans. In the earlier days of the Russian-Turkish war was the Brits who saved your Turkish assess...

Realistically speaking your beloved western friends like the Turks more than Slavic BG and Russia. Soon they will even take them in the EU and this will be a cultural catastrophe if BG doesn't reinforce its Slavic roots and relations with countries like Russia and Ukraine.

Anyways let us go back to the trade and business potential and realize what damage Boyko's dogmas ideology created...

Seedy - 15 Jan 2014 // 13:41:02

"Bulgaria Must Build Pragmatic Trade Relationship with Russia.."?

Apart from the tradition of awarding them contracts in return for a nice little Swiss nest-egg, what does he have in mind, I wonder? Presumably "Bend over and assume the position...."

Ahmed Dogan - 15 Jan 2014 // 12:43:01

"Let me test you, tell everybody here my middle name"

George Bey! A trick question. You know your middle name is "George" - you always used to be preferred to be called by your real first name "Abdullah" - embrace your Turkish roots. ?yi G?nler my brother!

Ahmed Dogan - 15 Jan 2014 // 06:43:15

Merhaba George Bey! I am not here to argue with you, and whilst I dont agree with your demand that Bulgaria should be absorbed into a 21st century Greater Turkey, I do agree that we should increase trading with our Turkish neighbours so that we can share the economic growth and exposure to near east markets. ?yi G?nler my brother!

George Zheliazkov - 15 Jan 2014 // 00:44:25

Ahmed bitch,

Those are pitiful attempts of a smearing campaing. I have no Turkish brothers or sisters. Then again you know nothing about me. Let me test you, tell everybody here my middle name.

Listen cheap birch, I've learned long ago not to wrestle with dumb pigs like you, it's not only that I get dirty, but besides the dumb pigs are made to like it!

Ahmed Dogan - 14 Jan 2014 // 23:13:30

I find myself once again agreeing with my Turkish brother George. Bulgarian politicians have repeatedly made bad decisions over the past 20 years in order to line their own pockets at the expense of the Bulgarian people. George is also right when he calls for all Bulgarians to support and vote for the MRF, who as George says, are the only party capable of making the right decisions so that we trade exclusively with Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar and North Korea.

George Zheliazkov - 14 Jan 2014 // 22:13:02

Yeah Kristiane….

Bulgaria lost so much money that it is not even funny!

All that lack of trade for the last 20 years not only with Russia but all of the emerging markets and Asia returned Bulgaria back to the “stone age”.

They’ve been feeding you (Bulgarians) with that ideological dogma bullshit and “treating” you just like mushrooms (keep you in the dark and feed you with shit) for the last 20 years or so while they’ve been reaping the profits from the rapidly growing emerging world.

Well better later than never, like they say. I’m glad you finally realized it!

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