Russia seeking to regain control over Bulgaria’s defence industry

To Inform is to Influence

25 February 2018, 23:50

Moscow is trying to persuade Sofia to sign the license agreement, which will restore Russia’s control of the Bulgarian defence industry and thus will give it a say on a wide range of issues of this NATO member state’s defence system.

 Vadim Dovnar , Belarusian journalist

At the end of last year, Ukraine tried to block a deal between the Bulgarian Defence Ministry and the Russian MiG concern. It concerned the overhaul of the MiG-29 fighters of the Bulgarian Air Force. The contract had a relatively small budget of about 50m dollars, but there is big politics to this story. A member of NATO since 2004, Bulgaria has not yet left the orbit of Russian influence.

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