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​In Bulgaria, Decision to Freeze Supply of BTR-60 APC to Ukraine was Called a "Shame" But There's Hope to Overcome It

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Bulgarian BTR-60 APC / Open source photo
Bulgarian BTR-60 APC / Open source photo

Already this week, Bulgaria wants to cancel the veto on the supply of armored vehicles to Ukraine

The National Assembly of Bulgaria will be able to overcome the veto that the president of the country, Rumen Radev, imposed earlier on the transfer of hundreds of obsolete armored personnel carriers to Ukraine. The Prime Minister of the country, Nikolai Denkov, is sure of this, and he said that "I don't see anything that can be commented on" in the context of this story. Defense Express recalls that back in July, the country decided to transfer 100 BTR-60 to Ukraine, but yesterday, on December 4, the country's president vetoed this decision.

In Bulgaria, Decision to Freeze Supply of BTR-60 APC to Ukraine was Called a
Bulgarian BTR-60 APC / Photo credit: dvdshub.net

Radev justified his move by saying that they themselves in Bulgaria need these armored personnel carriers to protect the border and during natural disasters and accidents, but in the country's parliament they say that Bulgaria no longer needs these vehicles, and Delyan Peevskii, chairman of the parliamentary group of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) generally called the president's decision a shame, Novinite reports.

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"President Rumen Radev's decision to veto the supply of armored vehicles to Ukraine can be summed up in just one word - shame!" Delyan Peevski stated.

"After this decision, it is even more categorically clear how important it is for Bulgaria to have a Euro-Atlantic parliamentary majority and a Euro-Atlantic government supported by it. Because anything else risks our country being taken down another, non-European and dangerous path - towards Moscow, towards Putin, where pro-Russian politicians want to divert it," Peevski noted.

In Bulgaria, Decision to Freeze Supply of BTR-60 APC to Ukraine was Called a
BTR-60 APC / Open source photo

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister of the country Maria Gabriel also emphasized that the country does not need those hundred armored personnel carriers and that she is sorry for such a decision of the president.

After all, according to Peevskiy, the Bulgarian National Assembly should already this week overcome the veto of the president, which blocks the transfer of BTR-60 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine.

We will remind, Defense Express previously reported that Bulgaria will buy 183 Strykers to replace the BMP-1 IFVs — the amount of the deal is estimated at $1.3 billion (we are talking about vehicles in various modifications), and the country will receive the first vehicles 36 months after the conclusion of the contract.

In Bulgaria, Decision to Freeze Supply of BTR-60 APC to Ukraine was Called a
Stryker armored personnel carriers / Photo credit U.S. DoD

As Defense Express reported, Bulgaria Feared New Russian Sabotage Against its Defense Industry.

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