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Bulgaria will not provide Ukraine with its S-300 systems

Admiral Emil Eftimov
Photo: BGNES

We have no intention of giving the entire S-300 missile complex to Ukraine, Bulgaria's Chief of Defense, Adm. Emil Eftimov said. The defective S-300 missiles that we are discussing to send to Ukraine are between 3 and 5% of the total quantity available in the country. 

The weapons that Bulgaria has provided to Kyiv so far do not affect the combat capability of the Bulgarian army. There is no direct threat to Bulgaria's security, and the actions of the army and NATO minimize the risks of the conflict in Ukraine, emphasized Eftimov. He recalled that in 2022, Bulgaria tried to modernize the S-300 complexes and the MiG-29 aircraft in Ukraine, but the war stopped the process. 

"We have no intention of giving the entire missile complex until we find a replacement capability - then a contract must be concluded, there must be a delivery, the staff must be trained - then we can think about this issue, but it will not be soon", specified Eftimov.

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