Bulgarian Defence Minister Opposes NATO Troops in the Country

Pointing that such a measure would increase tensions, Bulgaria’s Defence Minister Stefan Yanev strongly opposes the deployment of NATO troops in his country in a time when the alliance is discussing various options to respond to Moscow’s actions, including sending more troops to Bulgaria and Romania.

NATO plans of additional troops’ deployment are at this stage at the military-technical discussion level and no final decision has been made yet.

Yanev wrote in a post on Facebook that there is a need for a unified approach by NATO imposed by the outgoing increase in Russia’s military capabilities and activities on NATO’s eastern flank that need to be monitored closely and with special care, but without unnecessary escalation of tensions.

He believes that the deployment of NATO troops in his country has the potential to lead to an undesirable increase in tensions in the region on top of the fact that – at this stage – there are no grounds to consider the monitored processes as a direct threat to the relevant security zone and to the Alliance.

Bulgaria’s Defence Minister does not believe there’s an occurrence of circumstances necessary to justify a decision related to the deployment of additional troops on Bulgarian territory and such a decision would not correspond to the national interest of the country or to the EU’s interest.

The United States and NATO have warned Russia in November that it would pay a high price for any new military aggression against Ukraine although Moscow has repeatedly dismissed Ukraine’s allegations that it is preparing for an attack.

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