Bulgarian daily Dnevnik reports that Defense Minister Todor Tagarev expressed concern over Russia’s ongoing blockade of Bulgaria’s exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea, calling it a direct challenge to Bulgaria’s security and economic interests. The blockade, which has persisted for two months, is set to continue as Russia conducts military exercises in the region.

In response, Bulgaria is considering various countermeasures, both independently and in collaboration with allies. Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov, for instance, has proposed accelerating the procurement of coastal missile anti-ship complexes.

On the topic of NATO’s presence in Bulgaria, Tagarev highlighted last year’s decision to station battle groups on the alliance’s eastern flank. While discussions are underway about the exact number of troops to be stationed in Bulgaria, estimates suggest a peacetime presence of around 1,500 personnel. The final location for the deployment remains undecided.

Source: Dnevnik.bg

Image source: Official portrait, Ministry of Defense Republic of Bulgaria

The Southeast European Observer participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. While we strive to provide our readers with unbiased and reliable information, please be aware that any purchases made through Amazon affiliate links on our site generate a small commission for us at no extra cost to you. This helps support our platform and allows us to continue delivering quality content to our readers.

We ensure that the presence of Amazon affiliate ads does not influence our editorial content, and no affiliate links are included within the text of our articles.