Bulgarian President claims ‘many disturbing facts’ about Turkish border fence

Bulgarian head of state President Roumen Radev conjured up new controversy around himself by alleging on April 21 that there were “many disturbing facts” about the construction of the fence at the Turkish border – and facing an immediate denial by Bulgaria’s former deputy interior minister.

The fence at the Turkish border has been controversial since it was first initiated by the 2013/14 “Oresharski” administration. Irregularities in the project at the time led to sanctions for military and civilian officials involved, at a time when the Defence Ministry was in charge of building the fence.

The big-ticket project by that now-departed administration was followed by an even bigger-ticket one, as the second Borissov administration continued the project with a view to covering all the lengthy Bulgarian-Turkish border, in a continued bid to stave off illegal migration.

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