President Rumen Radev observed the exercise "Defense Shield" 2023 at the training ground in Novo Selo.
It involves 850 soldiers from three countries – Bulgaria, Italy and the United States.
The exercise is part of the Defender Europe 23 series, which takes place in the period April-June 2023 in the Baltic, Balkan, Black Sea and Mediterranean regions.
The main objective is to increase the preparation of participants in a multinational environment for conducting defense actions.
The joint drills will contribute to the readiness for a unified response of NATO countries and their partners to security challenges.