Politico: Bulgaria May Veer Shaprly Back into Moscow Orbit after Presidential Vote

Rumen Radev. File photo, BGNES

Bulgaria "looks set to veer sharply back into Moscow's strategic orbit after Socialist candidate Rumen Radev won the presidency in a landslide on Sunday," Politico writes in a report on the country's presidential election.

The text argues the political crisis triggered by Radev's victory - with center-right Prime Minister Boyko Borisov stepping down - "will be closely monitored by the rest of the EU and NATO."

It cites Radev's call for an end to sanctions "immediately after his victory," wasting "no time in leaping to the defense of Kremlin". (Radev said he would work toward the lifting of sanctions as an answer to a journalist question during his post-election press conference.)

Russia's influence in Bulgaria, the poorest EU member state, "is unusually strong, due in part to a complex web of commercial ties in the military, financial and energy sectors," according to Politico.

Borisov's GERB party "had become an obvious target for public frustration over corruption."

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