Bulgaria is committed to the production of projectiles for the needs of our partners, if they request it, and not for Ukraine.

This was stated by President Rumen Radev

Rumen Georgiev Radev is a Bulgarian military man, major general from the reserve.

A former commander ahead of the European Council meeting which starts today in Brussels.

"That is why we highly appreciate the visit of Commissioner Thierry Breton, which started precisely from Bulgaria, as a recognition of the traditions, experience and great capacity of our defense industry. We will work with the EC for more investments in our defense industry, but Bulgaria does not participate in the joint supply for projectiles for Ukraine along with 9 other countries. We only engage with projectiles that can go to our partners if they ask for it. But not with Ukraine," Radev said.

The president pointed out that Bulgaria is an important part of the European mechanism for strengthening peace, created a year before the war in Ukraine.

"Bulgaria is an important part of the European peacebuilding mechanism.

This initiative was created in 2021 - one year before the war in Ukraine.

This important component of this initiative to strengthen the defense capabilities of the EU states is fully in the light of the European vision of strategic autonomy," explained the head of state. 

Rumen Radev leaves for Brussels

Rumen Radev

Rumen Georgiev Radev is a Bulgarian military man, major general from the reserve.

A former commander noted that our country has not given up on the Just Transition Plan. 

The caretaker government has not abandoned the Plan.

This is some misunderstanding with the European Commissioner Ferreira.

They heard from her yesterday, everything is cleared.

Bulgaria is to receive 800 million this year. The condition is that by the end of the year we deliver the plans agreed with the three important regions - Stara Zagora, Kyustendil and Pernik.

Of course we will provide them, said Radev.

According to him, it is quite possible that Bulgaria will be accepted into the Schengen area in October this year, if it fulfills all the important steps and makes the necessary legislative changes.

He emphasized that talks are underway with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Austrian Chancellor Nehammer, the EC and the Council.

Radev defined the decision of the authorities in North Macedonia to delete the Bulgarian club in Bitola as an expression of powerlessness and panic.

"This reverberates very badly in the EU. This decision is an expression of panic and powerlessness, because the authorities in the Republic of North Macedonia must finally admit that there are Macedonian Bulgarians and a Bulgarian presence in North Macedonia not from now, but for centuries - since 1300 years. And erasing the names of the Bulgarian clubs will not erase the firm determination of Bulgaria and our European partners, the Republic of North Macedonia, to include the Bulgarians in its constitution," President Radev added. 

Rumen Radev