Dispute With Russia: Bulgaria Rephrasing Allegations

Written by on July 27, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

The Bulgarian government is trying to calm the waves in a dispute with Russia. What used to be allegations of breaching Bulgaria’s air space, was now rephrased to “cases of non-observation of the international norms”.

On Sunday, the Bulgarian Defence Minister Nenchev had blamed Russia for an increasing number of air space violations, talking about provocations towards Bulgaria and its air forces. Nenchev was referring to four incidents involving Russian military aircraft, as well as six cases in which Russian passenger planes had breached the air space. Russia had denied all allegations.

Yesterday, the Defence Ministry in Sofia said, it was not seeking confrontation. But there had indeed been cases of “non-observation”. In that same statement, the ministry expressed concern about “keeping the mutual respect and trust”.

Bulgaria depends on Russian energy supplies. Also, its ties with Russia have been strong for decades, in spite of some disagreements since 1989.

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