The Foreign Ministry asked the Bulgarians to leave Russia immediately
In connection with the complicated situation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria urges people to refrain from traveling to the Russian Federation and recommends that Bulgarian citizens in the Russian Federation consider the possibility of leaving the country in the near future, taking into account the currently available options and options. means of transport are used for this purpose. This is according to an official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We advise the Bulgarian citizens remaining on the territory of the Russian Federation to exercise increased vigilance, to avoid places with a large number of people and at the same time to take into account the circumstances and the development of the situation with all necessary attention,” the Foreign Ministry adds.
If necessary, Bulgarian citizens can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Moscow, Russian Federation at the following telephone number: + 7 495 234 02 26. Reports can also be sent to the following email address: Embassy.Moscow @mfa.bg ; and Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in St. Petersburg on the following telephone numbers: +7 812 401 01 52 and on-call after hours on: +7-921-633-6116. Reports can also be sent to the following email address: Consulate.Petersburg@mfa.bg.
The former head of the Bulgarian defense company “Kintex”: Over 4,200 tons of weapons were exported to Ukraine in four months
The head of Kintex, who was fired by the former Economy Minister Cornelia Ninova, continues to attack her, saying that Bulgaria exported arms to Ukraine “with her signature”.
“In just the first four months after the start of the war, more than 4,200 tons of Bulgarian weapons signed by Cornelia Ninova were exported to Ukraine by air,” said Alexander Mihailov, former director of Kintex.
All shipments were unloaded at the Polish airport “Rzeszow”, 70 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.
This airport is described by foreign media as an important transport hub for military aid to Ukraine, Mihaylov explained.
Mihailov did not specify the exact value or price of the exported ammunition.
But he said that in four months from the start of the war and with Cornelia Ninova’s signed permits, arms and ammunition exports had reached 1.016 billion euros and would double and even triple by the end of the year.
“Now in arms deals you have to first ask about the delivery time and only then about the price – there is a demand for everything,” Mihailov said. In the record years for Bulgarian arms exports – 2016 and 2017 – we reached 1.2-1.3 billion euros.
Every day 70 tons of Bulgarian arms went to Ukraine.
During this period, 4,200 tons of Bulgarian weapons were delivered to the Polish airport on the border with Ukraine – that’s 212 truckloads, Mihaylov said. And Ninova’s claim that she doesn’t know where our guns are going is an untenable claim and insults Bulgarian citizens, Mihailov added.
“Almost every country exports arms to Ukraine via Poland.
Any plane transporting weapons from country X must declare which country it is overflying before landing in Poland. The information received from the State Department exceeded my wildest expectations. In accordance with the Law on Access to Public Information, I made a request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about how many planes with Bulgarian weapons flew to Rzeszów Airport. The reply said that in the 14 months before the war not a single aircraft with weapons had flown the route. But in the first four months since the war began, 60 planes transported Bulgarian weapons to this airport in Poland,” Mihailov said, noting that most countries use the airport as a logistical hub for the transfer of weapons to the country under attack by Russia.
Translated from Bulgarian