He shares the view that Putin has initiated an illegal and heinous war against Ukraine. Yet he's quick to add that it is the West that has sinned with years of ignoring and not listening to Russia. Instead of arming the Ukrainians or imposing sanctions, which have negative effects on ordinary Russians, the West should even now continue to pursue diplomacy, he argues.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and the delegation that visited Kyiv arrived in Bucharest yesterday on a flight from Warsaw.
In the Romanian capital, the prime minister met with Romanian counterpart Nicolae Ciuca, President Klaus Iohannis and EU Transport Commissioner Adina Valean.
The talks focused on the war in Ukraine and gas supplies to Bulgaria and Romania.
Poland and Bulgaria said Russian energy giant Gazprom's decision to halt natural gas supplies to them won't cause unbearable problems as they either have enough gas stored, or have alternatives to draw on.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called Gazprom's move "a direct attack on Poland, revenge for the sanctions we imposed", in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.