Bulgaria: Prime Minister Kiril Petkov invites people to donate

The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Kiril Petrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, during his visit to Sofia last week. Photo source: Kiril Petkov / Twitter.

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Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Kiril Petkov has launched a public fundraising campaign to be donated directly to the Ukrainian government by the Bulgarian people, the Bulgarian Prime Minister said. in the Bulgarian language of Euractiv.

“I appeal to every Bulgarian citizen who really wants to help Ukraine donate a salary, as I do. The words are simple, the facts are difficult, it’s time for Facebook posts to turn into funds for Ukraine, “Petkov wrote on the social network.

In his post, the Prime Minister explained that the sending of military aid to Ukraine requires unity at the political level as well as in society, and will continue to work for a common position in Bulgaria in this regard, based on well-balanced and informed options. The Coalition Council in Sofia will meet on the subject this week, and a government delegation will travel to Kyiv.

“Military aid is not necessarily in one of two extremes: it is or it is not. In addition, we are not just talking about shells or headphones. We need to understand the real needs of Ukraine and, as an informed coalition, unite around concrete and important needs that we can all support, ”Petkov wrote in his Facebook post.

He cites examples of a long list of countries (Germany, France, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Romania, Norway, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia). , Cyprus and Latvia), which are sending military aid to Ukraine, and this has not led to retaliation from Russia in the form of a declaration of war against them.

“Until we reach this political consensus, as Bulgarian citizens who are convinced that no one in Europe has the right to attack their neighbors and kill civilians, we are free to make the simple choice to help Ukraine financially buy its ammunition. who needs it, “said the prime minister.

The former prime minister, a good friend of Putin’s, is pushing the stick through the fence

Earlier, the leader of the former main governing party – GERB, Boyko Borissov, claimed that Bulgaria had been unofficially exporting weapons to Ukraine since February.

“We have been exporting weapons several times since February. Weapon factories are running at full capacity. This is no longer a secret. It is no coincidence that the BSP (Bulgarian Socialist Party, a member of the four-party coalition led by Prime Minister Petkov, nn) ​​is silent, things are being done with their consent. This is pure hypocrisy and he must leave, “Borissov said.

He added that if it were to be decided to send arms to Ukraine, there would have to be a parliamentary majority to decide.

Borisov is lying. Bulgaria does not export weapons to either Ukraine or Russia. But how will those weapons be exported, unofficially? It’s just that they’re not exactly popcorn. Why didn’t you think of a word about prices, inflation, income? ”, The leader of the Socialists, Cornelia Ninova, who also holds the position of Deputy Prime Minister, replied on Facebook.

It continued the virulent attack on the former prime minister:

“You’re a great internationalist, aren’t you? Go and tell the governments of Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Algeria, India, and more than 50 other countries that we will not sell them any more weapons. Tell them: when I was in power, I sold you, but now we don’t sell you, because I’m not in power. Or you might want to shut down factories and completely liquidate the arms industry. Others may be forgiven for saying nonsense, but not you, for being prime minister, “said Sofia’s Socialist leader.

However, the party led by Cornelia Ninova is the only one of the four parties that make up the governing coalition that opposes sending weapons to Ukrainians, even threatening that the BSP will leave the governing coalition if this idea is insisted on.

Just a few days ago, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned foreign heads of government to visit Ukraine only if they are ready to help defend the country.

“We are not a good country just for taking selfies in the midst of tragedies,” he said.

No meeting of the Bulgarian government delegation with Zelenski has been confirmed during the visit scheduled for Wednesday.