Bulgaria sees energy, migration risks from Ukraine crisis

The Bulgarian government said on March 4 that it was setting up a national staff to monitor the situation in Ukraine and take steps to minimise risks to national security, which it sees as including risks to energy supplies and possible increased migration pressure.

The government said this after a specially-convened meeting of the cabinet’s national security council.

The same day, the office of President Rossen Plevneliev said that a crisis staff had been set up three days earlier at the head of state’s office to monitor the situation in Ukraine and the region, and Plevneliev had held a meeting on March 4 with defence minister Angel Naidenov. This meeting was part of efforts by Plevneliev to co-ordinate Bulgaria’s position at state level on Ukraine given the NATO council in Brussels and the special European Council meeting set for March 6.

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