Bulgarian PM repudiates ministers over stance opposing sanctions on Orbán’s Hungary

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has distanced himself from an announcement that the Cabinet would draft a position opposing EU sanctions against Viktor Orbán’s Hungary.

This followed a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Krassimir Karakachanov, a co-leader of the government minority partner the United Patriots, that an operational meeting of Cabinet ministers had “unanimously” backed opposing the sanctions on Hungary, proposed by the European Parliament because of Budapest’s violations of EU democratic principles.

Speaking in Austria, where he was attending an informal meeting of EU leaders, Borissov said that the discussions at the September 19 operational meeting of the Cabinet ministers had no legal force.

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