Ukrainian embassy urges Bulgarian politicians to not use the war for political purposes

Ukraine’s embassy in Sofia issued a call on July 6 to all officials and all political forces in Bulgaria to refrain from using the topic of the war for political purposes.

The call came amid Bulgaria’s domestic political crisis and a few days before a Bulgarian delegation attends the Nato Summit in Washington DC on July 9-11.

The summit has been a bone of contention between Bulgaria’s caretaker government and President Roumen Radev, who has declined the government’s offer to head Bulgaria’s delegation because he disagrees with government policy on Russia’s war on Ukraine. Radev opposes aid for Ukraine.

Russia’s war on Ukraine also has been used as fodder by the pro-Kremlin minority parties in the National Assembly.

In a Facebook post, the embassy said that every day, Ukrainians pay the most terrible price for stopping the aggressor.

“Calls to limit or block aid to Ukraine in practice mean incitement to support the aggressor state,“ Ukraine’s embassy said.

“Delaying or limiting the provision of the necessary aid to Ukraine will not lead to peace, but to more casualties and to the frontline moving closer to the EU’s borders,” it said.

The embassy said that increasing defence aid to Ukraine will help strengthen security throughout the region, restore respect for international law, and bring closer a just peace.

It said that Ukraine, together with allies, is working on the implementation of the Peace Formula of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The Ukrainian side is grateful to Bulgaria, in particular to Prime Minister Dimitar Glavchev, for participating in the founding Summit for Peace in Switzerland on June 15-16, the embassy said.

“Only with joint efforts can and should the world community force the aggressor to stop the aggressive war and restore peace. Restoring security is possible only with joint efforts.”

The embassy said that Ukraine highly appreciates and is grateful to Bulgaria, the National Assembly and the government for the decisions taken in support of Ukraine and for all the political, financial, energy, humanitarian and defence practical assistance provided.

“This is a significant contribution to our joint victory, confirmation of historically friendly Ukrainian-Bulgarian relations and mutual assistance in difficult times.”

Expressing its gratitude, the embassy called for the consolidation of all political forces and civil society to strengthen assistance to Ukraine in the name of restoring sustainable peace and justice.

(Photo of Ukrainian ambassador Olesya Ilashchuk via the embassy’s Facebook page)

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