Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria – Eleonora Mitrofanova, spoke on the recent appeal made by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister to Bulgaria to provide the war-hit country with weaponry aid. Ambassador warns and threatens that such a supply of military equipment to Ukraine by the Balkan state would only “escalate” the situation.
“We continue to monitor the issue of possible supplies of weapons and ammunition from Bulgaria to the pseudo-heroes of Ukraine. We are convinced that such a gesture by officials in Sofia will only further escalate the situation in the region and complicate further dialogue between our countries”, the Russian Ambassador cites.
She then highlights the successful operation conducted by the Russian Armed Forces and the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic, in which they rescued the Bulgarian sailors from the port of Mariupol, ensuring their safe return.
For the present time, Ukrainian ports in the Black and Azov Seas are blocked, as per the Russian Ambassador.
Mitrofanova stated, “The International Maritime Organization is discussing the formation of corridors for the safe exit of ships. Russia is actively involved in this work, in practice cooperating with the Secretariat of the Secretary-General of the Organization and the countries concerned”.
She then targeted the Ukraine population and stated that the war-hit country is avoiding substantive discussions on the functioning of corridors.
“In particular, they refused a tripartite meeting with the participation of the Secretary-General of the said Organization. At the same time, Kyiv banned foreign ships from leaving their ports (I recall that their waters were deliberately blocked by sunken objects)”.
“The real reason is that nationalists have uncontrollably mined ports. Instead of using the corridors, the Ukrainian side proposes to ‘preserve’ the ships & to evacuate the sailors by land via the path of Romania and Moldova. Although these proposals in practice remain empty declarations without any concrete steps”, the Russian Ambassador further added.