ua en ru

Bulgarian President vetoes armored vehicles supply to Ukraine

Bulgarian President vetoes armored vehicles supply to Ukraine Bulgarian President Rumen Radev (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev vetoed the free provision of armored vehicles to Ukraine, reports.

Radev returns for a new discussion in the parliament of the law on the ratification of the agreement, according to which Bulgaria provides armored vehicles to Ukraine free of charge.

In the reasons for the veto, it is noted that the people's representatives were not sufficiently familiar with the specific parameters of the supply, which makes it impossible to objectively assess the need for the provided equipment.

Radev emphasizes that the armored vehicles of high cross-country ability provided to Ukraine can be used specifically to protect the Bulgarian border and provide assistance to the population in the event of disasters and accidents, including in hard-to-reach areas.

"I am guided by the conviction that the safety, health, and life of Bulgarian citizens should be a priority," says the Bulgarian President.

Bulgaria's aid to Ukraine

From the first days of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, Bulgaria has been providing Ukraine with various assistance. For example, the Bulgarian parliament recently voted behind closed doors for the supply of unserviceable S-300 missiles to Ukraine.

Recently, the Bulgarian parliament ratified the agreement on the supply of armored personnel carriers to Ukraine.

The agreement stipulates that Bulgaria will supply armored personnel carriers and weapons, as well as spare parts and all surpluses to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The APCs were purchased decades ago by the communist regime at the time.