Gazprom back in favor
Having obtained the delivery of one LNG cargo for October, the government is now working on securing enough natural gas quantities for later this year. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport, Hristo Alexiev, announced that further decisions would be made by the end of August or beginning of September. "Our priorities are the financial stability of Bulgargaz and completion of the gas interconnector with Greece," he said.
His colleague, Energy Minister Rossen Hristov, stated that the situation means that negotiations with "Gazprom Export" over the restoration of supplies are inevitable. Trade unions and business organizations have also referred to Gazpromexport as the cheapest one on the market and the most reliable. For them, depending on LNG and Azeri gas would not be enough and will cause even higher gas prices in coming months.
Ukraine wants more Bulgarian weapons
"I still hope that Bulgaria will provide Ukraine with old Soviet weaponry," Ukrainian Ambassador Vitaly Moskalenko told Bulgarian media in an interview.
He cited other former socialist countries, such as Poland, which have received advanced NATO weaponry in exchange for Soviet weaponry they donated to Ukraine
The ambassador mentioned that Ukraine is currently receiving undeclared aid through third parties from countries such as Bulgaria. He also indicated that plans were afoot to repair Ukrainian equipment in Bulgaria.
Russian ambassador seeks payment in rubles for gas
A day after the official celebrations of the 145th anniversary of the Shipka battle, Russian ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova visited the Shipka monument alongside Bulgarian members of the pro-Kremlin, pro-Putin motorcycle club known as the Night Wolves.
She also commented on the topic of natural gas. "Gas from Gazprom should be paid for only in rubles. With the political will in Bulgaria right now, there will be no problems with the supply of gas. In order to restore gas supplies, a new contract is not needed because the current contract is until the end of December. There is no need to skip the months when there was no supply; they can also be negotiated. It all depends on you."
Mitrofanova's comments seemed to acknowledge the more conciliatory stance adopted by the caretaker government towards Gazprom than the previous government of Kiril Petkov.