Bulgaria may begin providing military and technical assistance to Ukraine after the defense and foreign policy committees of the country's parliament approved two proposals submitted by the pro-European parties GERB and Democratic Bulgaria.
This was reported by Euractiv.
Although Bulgaria and Hungary do not directly supply Ukraine with weapons, Bulgarian military factories make huge profits from the sale of weapons used by the Ukrainian army in its war against Russia.
Now that the draft law has passed through the committees, it is expected to have sufficient support in the plenary session, in particular from GERB, "We continue the changes", "Democratic Bulgaria" and DPS.
The pro-Russian BSP and Vazrazhdane parties oppose the draft law. President Rumen Radev, who currently heads the executive branch, repeatedly spoke out against such a decision and even called its initiators "warmongers" whose goal is to draw Bulgaria into the conflict.
"Sending weapons to Ukraine definitely makes us, albeit indirectly, a part of the conflict," said Christian Vigenin, deputy of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and former foreign minister. "Vazrazhdane" turned to the Ministry of Defense with a request to analyze the situation.
She was supported by acting Minister of Defense Dimitar Stoyanov, who stated that such a decision requires a detailed analysis. He stated that Bulgaria cannot afford to lose its S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, adding that they are the backbone of the country's air defense.
"The content of the old Soviet weapons became practically impossible after the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, and the issue of its replacement is on the agenda," said Atanas Slavov from "Democratic Bulgaria".
Daniel Mitov from GERB once again pointed out the lateness of the decision and the need for its quick consideration, explaining that the list of countries that help Ukraine is a list of civilized countries.
"I want Bulgaria to be part of this list," said Mitov, a former foreign minister in the second GERB government.
Among the parties that support the provision of military aid to Ukraine, the "We continue to change" party of former Prime Minister Kyril Petkov now advocates the provision of arms to Ukraine, although it advocated the opposite position during the administration of Petkov's cabinet.