Bulgaria Vice President Rules Out War Scenario for Ukraine

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Vice President Rules Out War Scenario for Ukraine Bulgaria's Vice President Margarita Popova, photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova has ruled out the scenario of the crisis in Ukraine escalating into a war.

"Nobody is interested in fighting a war. We must not forget that the current political situation there is highly unstable, there is too much division in the country, and it is worrying that nobody is working to unite the people. It is important that the Ukrainian people decide their fate and that the integrity of the country is preserved," Popova stated in a Monday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).

She suggested that the mere talk of a war put extra pressure on the situation.

"First of all, we, including Europe and the rest of the world, must take care to preserve the integrity of the country and stem violence. Talks must be held, including with the EU, Russia, and US, to find the right solution, instead of asking ourselves whether Russian or NATO troops will be marching on the territory of a sovereign country. I find this totally absurd," Popova explained.

She went on to say that Bulgaria had to be ready to welcome its compatriots living in Bessarabia, should they decided to come back.

Popova underscored the importance of an active policy on minorities on an EU level.

"Bulgaria is a homeland and motherland. We cannot possibly have any other stance than being ready to welcome them if they decide to come back. There is no doubt about that," Bulgaria's Vice President declared, stressing the need for Bulgaria to speak about its minorities in Brussels instead of just waiting to be told what would happen.

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Behemoth - 3 Mar 2014 // 15:38:26

This Popova speaks utter bollocks. She says that the mere talk of war puts additional pressure on the situation - and then talks of war in the Ukraine and NATO troops marching in - an option no one beside her is considering. Also that Russian troops are already in big numbers on the territory of the independent state Ukraine has obviously slipped her attention.

Then she talks about the importance of minority rights - but of course only for "Bulgarian minorities" abroad (people who are looking for any chance to get hold of an EU passport and who frequently discovered their "bulgarianness" after the country became a member of the EU). That Bulgaria on the other hand grants no minority rights to any of its ethnic minorities in the country goes without saying. And that a Bulgarian politician doesn't see the inconsistence of her argumentation is also nothing new.

Optimistic - 3 Mar 2014 // 15:28:48

There will be no war in the Crimea.

NATO bombed Serbia but would not use troops to fight the Serbs on the ground.

They can't bomb the Russians because the Russians have great anti aircraft missles and as the Russian soldiers are digging in using force will not happen as NATO only attacks weak oponents not strong ones.

It is time to look for political solutions such as breaking up the Ukraine into a number of independent republics some can join the EU and some can align with Russia.

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