Bulgaria refused to join the NATO fleet in the Black sea


The management of Bulgaria opposes the establishment of the Black sea fleet, NATO to counter Russia, and said that Sofia will not join such a plan, Reuters reports. At a joint press conference with President Rosena Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said that he doesn’t want to see frigates, passing by the resorts.

“I always said that I want to see in the Black sea, sailboats, yachts, large ships, and not to become a battleground… I don’t want a war in the Black sea”, — said Borisov.

“Let’s stop the speculation about what will be created fleets against anyone,” added Plevneliev. “Bulgaria is a peaceful country and its foreign policy is not directed against anyone,” he said.

The initiative for the creation of the NATO fleet in the Black sea earlier by Romania and Turkey. They also called for an increase in the region the military presence of the Alliance, reminds Reuters. The question of the establishment of the black sea fleet is likely to be discussed at the NATO summit in July, the Agency said. Romanian media reported that Bucharest will propose to create in the Black sea regular fleet of ships of Germany, Italy, Turkey and the United States.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko supported the idea of establishing such a Maritime connection. He also said that Kyiv is ready to join this project. “We consider a joint initiative on the creation of the black sea fleet under the leadership of NATO, which has the goal of strengthening NATO’s presence and strengthen security in the Black sea. Ukraine gladly will join this initiative, I confirmed to Mr. President, after the approval of its Alliance,” Poroshenko said in April at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Johannis.

The permanent representative of Russia to NATO Alexander Grushko, commenting on the initiative on the establishment of the NATO fleet in the Black sea, opposed the increase in military presence in its waters of extra-regional powers. “I do not quite understand what was going on, because the Black sea is constant, as the countries that surround it. We know that the powers of the black sea from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey are the Maritime powers, and they have fleets that are in the Black sea. Put them in the grouping do not add up — the case of the military,” — said the Russian diplomat.

In mid-may, Turkish President Erdogan Recip urged NATO to strengthen presence in the Black sea. During the meeting with Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, he said that “almost the Black sea became a Russian lake.” “If we don’t act now, history will not forgive us”, — appealed to the head of NATO Erdogan.

The NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow earlier also spoke in favor of greater presence of the block in the black sea region. “We need to consider more permanent presence of NATO troops in the region, with special emphasis on our marine resources,” he said.

On Sunday, the US said that the USS Porter will enter the Black sea to commit “routine patrol with allies and partners.” Russia has promised to retaliate. “It does not arouse our approval and will, no doubt, to the measures of response planning”, — said the Director of the European cooperation Department of Russian foreign Ministry Andrey Kelin.

According to the Montreux Convention on the status of the black sea Straits, warships of countries that do not have access to the Black sea, should be located in its waters not more than 21 days.