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Dimitar Stoyanov: Military aid to Ukraine does not include S-300 missile systems and fighter aircraft

Ъaretaker Minister of Defence Dimitar Stoyanov
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"The military aid to Ukraine is fully consistent with Bulgaria’s priorities", caretaker Minister of Defence Dimitar Stoyanov said in an interview with Nova TV. Bulgaria will neither send S-300 missile systems, nor MiG-29 fighter aircraft, nor Su-25 aircraft, said Minister Stoyanov. In his words, Bulgaria adopted a conservative approach in drawing up the munitions list, with a view to ensuring the capabilities of the Bulgarian army. Dimitar Stoyanov also pointed out that Bulgaria is fulfilling its obligations to protect Bulgaria's airspace with MiG-29 aircraft, as well as with S-300 missile systems. 

"The arguments of Austria and the Netherlands have nothing to do with the indicators used to determine Bulgaria's readiness to join the Schengen area", Dimitar Stoyanov said with regard to the decision of the two countries to block Bulgaria's accession to Schengen. He was adamant that Bulgaria must firmly protect its interest and pointed out that the country’s diplomacy is working very hard on the issue.   


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