Bulgaria deploys military to back up Border Police at border with Macedonia

Bulgaria has deployed military personnel to assist Border Police at three border crossings with Macedonia in the regions of Blagoevgrad and Kyustendil.

The step is being taken in view of the crisis around the large-scale entry of migrants into Macedonia, although Bulgaria’s Border Police issued an assurance on August 26 that the situation at the Bulgarian border was calm and there were no indications of a refugee wave headed to Bulgaria.

According to a report by public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television, two military vehicles with soldiers armed with automatic weapons had been deployed at the Gueshevo border crossing.

Facilities have been placed by the side of the road to stop vehicles.

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(Archive photo of a Bulgarian soldier during a military exercise: US Army)