Borissov sparks row by claiming Bulgaria is secretly arming Ukraine

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GERB-UDF opposition leader and former Prime Minister Boiko Borissov sparked a row on April 25 by alleging, without providing evidence, that Bulgaria was secretly providing military aid to Ukraine.

Democratic Bulgaria, which is part of the ruling majority, and the GERB-UDF tabled draft decisions in parliament to mandate the government to supply arms to Ukraine, while a proposal from the We Keep Change party (WCC) of Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, if adopted by the National Assembly, limit aid to “technical assistance”, without armament.

Borissov told reporters: “Our arms factories are working at full capacity, exactly the products used in Ukraine. It’s not a secret “.

“The Bulgarian arms industry in this region produces ammunition and we donate it. But like everything else, behind the scenes, secretly, contrary to all the “changes” they [WCC] promise,” he said.

According to Borissov, the parliament could approve a decision to supply arms to Ukraine, given that such a decision had the support of his coalition, that of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, as well as of Democratic Bulgaria and the ITN party.

He said it was ‘no coincidence’ that the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) was silent on the – alleged – arms supply to Ukraine ‘because that is what is happening with their signature’ . It is hypocrisy”.

BSP leader Kornelia Ninova, whose signature would be required to authorize arms exports but whose party has vehemently opposed Bulgaria’s proposals to arm Ukraine, said Borissov was lying.

“Borissov, you are lying,” Ninova said in a Facebook post.

“Bulgaria does not export arms to Ukraine or Russia. If that were the case, it is unlikely that the pressure exerted on the government by foreign forces would be so strong now. Ukraine’s foreign minister is unlikely to stay in parliament for two days awaiting a decision on arms exports,” she said.

Hristo Ivanov, co-leader of Democratic Bulgaria, said April 25 that given the “changed positions” of the WCC and ITN on sending military aid to Ukraine, Tuesday’s scheduled council meeting coalition of the ruling majority was not necessary.

Ivanov said Democratic Bulgaria would take the opportunity to propose that the issue be the first item on the parliament’s agenda when it resumes on May 4.

“No one can postpone consideration of this decision any longer, and every political force will have to adopt a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ position,” he told Bulgarian national radio.

Ivanov said Democratic Bulgaria would respond to Prime Minister Petkov’s invitation to send a representative to accompany Petkov as part of a coalition government delegation due to leave for Kyiv on April 27.

Petkov issued the invite with the declared objective of a visit to Kyiv leading to a consensual position within the ruling majority.

Ivanov said that the representative of Democratic Bulgaria would be named appropriately at the level of the other participants.

(Screenshot of Borissov’s Facebook page)

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