US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin is on a two-day vist to Bulgaria for talks with Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov and Defence Minister Dragomir Zakov.
They are going to speak about US-Bulgarian defence cooperation and NATO’s plans to spice up its japanese flank amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Petkov has dominated out offering army help to Ukraine however stated his nation, a NATO best friend, will proceed to supply humanitarian help.
“Bulgaria will proceed to do the entirety conceivable to assist the Ukrainians on this laborious warfare and this large aggression that the Russian Federation has been causing on them,” he instructed journalists.
“However being so as regards to the battle, presently, army help for Ukraine would possibly not be conceivable.”
Bulgaria, which doesn’t border Ukraine however has won hundreds of refugees, has agreed to host a brand new contingent of NATO troops as a part of the alliance’s push to improve its japanese flank.
A battlegroup of as much as 1,000 troops beneath the operational command of NATO’s Preferrred Allied Commander Europe shall be established.
America Defence Secretary thanked Petkov for his toughen.
“We additionally talked in regards to the issues that our forces are doing in combination and indisputably we stay grаteful for his management and to Bulgaria for webhosting a battlegroup right here,” Austin stated.
In the meantime, protesters rallied in a park close to Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry whilst the talks had been going down.
Surrounded through police, they chanted and held up banners, whilst some waved Bulgarian and Russian flags.