Bulgarian Defense Minister Warns Against Kremlin's Hybrid Threats in the Black Sea Region

The Minister of Defense Todor Tagarev participated in the conference "Countering hybrid threats from unconventional weapons in the Black Sea region", which was held today, November 28, in Sofia. The forum is organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy and the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the US State Department. "I see hybrid threats as the combined activities that take place continuously to reduce the capacity and will to resist malicious influences. Russia continues to implement an aggressive strategy to destabilize the countries of the Black Sea region," said Minister Tagarev in his speech during the conference. He emphasized that the spread of disinformation and propaganda is a major element of the Kremlin's hybrid war against countries in our region, including Bulgaria and Romania. "This strategy amounts to cognitive warfare, through which Russia tries to achieve its geopolitical ambitions by manipulating public perceptions and using instilled fears. The Kremlin's cognitive warfare is multi-pronged and aims to control our positions on political, economic, social and cultural issues and destabilize democratic systems of governance," he added.

"The Kremlin's disinformation strategy in the Black Sea region uses Russian economic influence. Russia's disinformation activities are multi-layered, actively relying on leaders of influence. This approach is intended to make it difficult to distinguish between governmental and non-governmental actors and, as a result, to prove the Kremlin's involvement in specific malicious activities," the defense minister explained.

Minister Tagarev recalled that since the beginning of the war against Ukraine, the Kremlin has several times and openly threatened...

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