Plevneliev: EU and NATO should see South Eastern Europe as a centre of geopolitical interests and policies

The European Union and NATO should consider South Eastern Europe not as a periphery, but as a centre for geopolitical interests and policies, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said at a summit of leaders from member states of the alliance in Bucharest.

Leaders of Central and South Eastern European countries met in the Romanian capital on November 4 to discuss the challenges NATO is facing in the context of the changes in the geopolitical security environment.

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Plevneliev described the security environment in the region as unpredictable, as a result of the record number of crises.

“Our citizens feel that instability. They expect from politicians to act boldly, to solve, not to deepen these crises. We should not wait for the crises to appear on our TV screens before we act. It is high time we acted together and addressed the causes, not the consequences. Peace is not just the absence of war. Peace means rules and the rule of law that apply to everyone.”

NATO should be ready to face the challenges “coming from all directions,” he said.

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