06 September 2022 | 06:13
/KROSS/ In the first edition of “The Interview in NOVA News”, journalist Nikolay Doinov spoke with the Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria Iliana Yotova.
She commented on the gas crisis with the words: “How can dependence on Gazprom be stopped when we have continued to buy gas again from Gazprom, only a little more expensive through several intermediary companies.” No one said that the panacea is “Gazprom”. According to her, the official cabinet made the most honest policy by putting all options for discussion on the table.
According to Yotova, diversification should have happened already in 2014 after Crimea. “To secure the heating season, we need to find the best conditions. Obviously, it will be a mix of all these possibilities,” says Iliana Yotova. She believes that our government should not have rushed, but waited for its partners from the European Union, with whom we would have a common European policy regarding payments to “Gazprom “.
“One of the biggest mistakes of the previous government was the ignorance of how to govern,” she was categorical. When asked if the Bulgarian president knew about the idea of our country becoming a presidential republic, Yotova answered in the negative. She called herself a “convinced parliamentarian.”
The vice-president also spoke about the water disaster that befell several villages in Karlovsko. According to her, the amount of BGN 370 that the state grants in the form of aid to the affected families in the region is minimal and “none”. “This is a consequence of the unfinished work. There are four things that are mandatory and must be done. First – clear regulation of who should be engaged in this activity. Second – financial provision. Third – quite a lot of agricultural production suffered.
That is one of the things that must be done now – very quickly, very expeditiously to calculate these damages and compensate people accordingly. And fourth – Bulgaria very rarely resorts to another instrument, which I have seen in my previous practice many countries resort to, and successfully. This is a very quick calculation of the damages and an application for the Solidarity Fund”, believes Iliana Yotova.
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