Galab Donev, the acting prime minister, announced on Bulgarian national radio that he would summon the security council on Thursday so that Bulgaria could take concrete decisions and measures and be ready to react to the Referendums Russia announced in occupied regions of Ukraine.
Donev said, “The Russian Federation’s president’s announcement of a partial mobilization causes tensions to rise. It leaves Europe’s neighbours and those near the conflict between Russia and Ukraine uncertain of how long and how intense the military actions would take last. Being a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia should strictly abide by the UN Charter and refrain from using military force against any other nation, which is a clear violation of the Organization’s rules. Such action by Russia is unacceptable. There is a danger to Bulgaria’s national security, but no direct threat from the Russian military has been recorded yet”.
Russia’s interference in Europe’s energy supply lines also contributes to the uncertainty as Russia is the biggest exporter of gas in Europe. Europe has been facing gas crises since the beginning of the war as Russia cut down European supplies for supporting Ukraine. Recently, the Nord Stream pipeline was also closed. About 30% of the price has been recorded in Europe since Russia reduced its gas exports. The gas crisis is a primary concern for the entire of Europe as many questions raised about how the EU will face the upcoming winters.
Minister Donev also emphasized that Bulgaria will never recognize the results of referendums conducted by Russia in the four occupied regions of Ukraine. He added, “These referendums break both the Ukrainian Constitution and international law. Results obtained in areas where hostilities occur can never be accepted. In addition, despite their potential deterrent power, I reject the deployment of nuclear weapons for intimidation entirely “.
Donev made it clear that Bulgaria will support the sanction of the EU against Russia, but he suggested that the EU analyze it properly so it shouldn’t have any side effects. Every sanction must be discussed before imposing to see its pros and cons.