Bulgaria’s Defense Minister: Putin is an Aggressor, I hope Ukraine will Turn the Tide of the War

Acting Minister of Defense Dimitar Stoyanov confirmed the information that Ukraine is making a counteroffensive in the military clash with Russia. According to him, it is still too early to say whether the tide of the war has been turned.

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"There is a counter-offensive, let's see how things will continue. It is difficult for me to be definite whether the tide of the war has turned or there is a counter-offensive, I hope the tide of the war has been turned," Stoyanov told BTV. Before taking office, he was the chief secretary of President Rumen Radev.

On the occasion of the refusal of one of his predecessors - Stefan Yanev, to call what is happening in Ukraine a "war", calling it a "military operation", Stoyanov indicated that the strategic goals of the war coincide with those of a specific operation, this is permissible. However, according to him, this is war, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is the aggressor.

However, Stoyanov allows negotiations with the Russian company "Gazprom" to renew natural gas supplies. Saying that it was not within his competence, he used the cabinet's reasoning that the lowest price was sought because of the difficult situation.

According to Stoyanov, the presence of Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova behind President Radev and Vice President Yotova is the responsibility of the hosts from the municipality. He added that according to protocol she should not have been there, but he would not define what happened as a blunder.

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