The President: Bulgaria will not recognize the referendums in Ukraine

The President: Bulgaria will not recognize the referendums in Ukraine
The President: Bulgaria will not recognize the referendums in Ukraine

Bulgaria will not recognize as legal the referendums in Donbas, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye – Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia. There is currently no direct military threat to our country, but there are other risks. This was announced by President Rumen Radev after the three-hour meeting of “Dondukov” 2. It was called because of the escalation of the war in Ukraine. It was attended by Prime Minister Galab Donev with his deputies and ministers of power, the chief of defense and the heads of the special services in our country.

“Referendums in a combat zone, where shells fall next to the ballot boxes, are a legal absurdity and Bulgaria will not recognize them”, said the head of state. This is a radical change for him, since during the presidential elections last year, Radev declared the Crimean peninsula occupied by Putin as Russian.

Hours before, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Kostadin Kojabashev made it clear that our country will not recognize the illegal polls that are being held at gunpoint.

“The latest news from Moscow is not particularly pleasant. They speak of an escalation of all our previous relations, and combined with the nuclear rhetoric and so-called referendums, these rather alarming events reinforce the need for categorical and consistent support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine”Kojabashev said at the regular briefing with journalists.

The president called the consultative meeting on the second day after the announcement of Vladimir Putin’s decree on partial mobilization in Russia and in the first hours of the referendums, which the international community has ruled illegal and will not be recognized.

Radev: Reason gives way to guns

Rumen Radev recalled that already in the first hours of the war, he called a consultative meeting with the state leadership and denounced the Russian aggression in Ukraine as unacceptable.

From the first day of this war, I have been calling for a cessation of hostilities and a peaceful settlement of the conflict through the means of diplomacy. Unfortunately, the drive for military victory at any cost is drowning out calls for peace. Reason gives way to gunssaid Rumen Radev.

He condemned the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who undertook a partial mobilization, and approved the holding of referendums in four Ukrainian regions under Russian control to join Russia. According to Radev, this leads to further escalation.

“The decision of the President of the Russian Federation on partial mobilization will increase the intensity of hostilities, escalate the conflict and is a security threat with difficult to foresee consequences. It is unacceptable to play the nuclear card again three decades after the end of the Cold War. But as absurd as this threat sounds, it cannot be ignoredsaid Radev.

He pointed out that “along with the escalation of the conflict, the risks for our region, for Europe and the world are also growing”.

“Although there is currently no direct military threat to the country’s security, these risks are being assessed and measures are being taken to minimize them. Bulgaria is working hard to guarantee its security by strengthening its national defense capacity and fulfilling its commitments in the collective security system security of the Alliance”said the head of state.

He pointed out that the risks of this war do not end only with military security. Bulgaria supports the sanctions regime of the European Union, said Radev. But he believes that the EU should pay attention to the negative effect of sanctions on European citizens.

“Europe is obliged, in parallel with the imposition of sanctions, to look for effective mechanisms to minimize the consequences of these sanctions. The price of the escalation will be paid by the citizens. Bulgaria is one of the most affected. The escalation of the conflict can affect not only gas supplies , but also the supply of oil and the production of fuels in our country, the operation of large power plants, deliveries by sea”the president said.

According to him, the caretaker government is making every effort to mitigate the effect of these crises within its time and regulatory frameworks, which often lag behind the dynamics of processes due to the absence of a functioning parliament. That is why it is critically important for Bulgaria to have a parliament and a stable regular government, said Rumen Radev.

He called on the parties to unite in the face of the crisis, the risks and the threats, to be able to attract the citizens to vote, so that there would be such turnout that would give sufficient legitimacy to the next parliament.

The army is on constant alert

“The Bulgarian army is on constant alert. We have strengthened surveillance and intelligence in the eastern part of the country”said the Acting Minister of Defense Dimitar Stoyanov hours before the meeting with the President on the occasion of the announced partial mobilization in Russia.

He pointed out that the mobilization on the Russian side poses a risk to national security, but added that there is no threat of direct involvement of Bulgaria in the conflict for now.

“As you know, the army, in addition to carrying out its daily activities, is also at the border. It is in Karavelovo. We were also at the fires. The army is where it should be”Stoyanov said.

The prime minister participated in the meeting with the president Dove DonevDeputy Prime Minister for Economic Policies and Acting Minister of Transport and Communications Hristo Alexievthe Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security and Acting Minister of the Interior Ivan DemerdzhievDeputy Prime Minister for Social Policies and Acting Minister of Labor and Social Policy Lazar Lazarovthe Minister of Defense Dimitar Stoyanovthe Minister of Energy Rosen Hristovthe Minister of Economy and Industry Nikola Stoyanovthe Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Velislava Petrova.

The Deputy Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General, was also present at the meeting Dimitar Iliec, the Deputy General Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Stanimir Stanevthe chairman of the State Agency “National Security” Plamen Tonchec, the Deputy Chairman of the State Intelligence Agency Asen Tutekov and the Director of Military Intelligence Brigadier General Venelin Venev.

DB insists on KSNS type consultations

Meanwhile from “Democratic Bulgaria” (DB) insisted that President Rumen Radev, even in the absence of a functioning parliament, gather representatives of the leaders of the political forces from the 47th National Assembly to discuss the state of national security and measures to protect the country due to Russia’s aggression.

Consultative meetings between the president and ministers appointed by him do not have broad legitimacy, is said in DB position.

The absence of a parliament is only a formal justification for not convening a National Security Advisory Council (KSNS)but it cannot be an excuse not to seek maximum political legitimacy of the decisions against the threats hanging over the nation, the DB also points out.

Despite the shortcomings in the constitution, Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic and the president cannot assume all power and responsibility single-handedly, through his official government, in such a critical situation for our country, said the DB statement.

According to “Democratic Bulgaria”, there are no obstacles for the president to convene political consultations in the form of the CSNS, regardless of whether the forum will be called that, and they call for this to happen at the beginning of next week.

We insist that until the convocation of the new 48th National Assembly, regular political consultations be held in this KSNS-like format, they want from the DB.

Ninova urged Bulgaria not to be involved in war

Meanwhile, BSP leader Cornelia Ninova called on all party leaders not to allow Bulgaria to be dragged into war. This happened in Petrich during her pre-election tour in the Blagoevgrad region.

“Our ideological differences remain. Our battle old – new governance model as well. But I am sure that nobody wants Bulgaria to participate in war. Let us guarantee the Bulgarian people that we will not allow it. There is no higher good than peace.”Ninova said.

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