Bulgaria condemns Russian referendums
Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry (MFA) has criticized the upcoming referendums in the occupied Ukrainian territories of Lugansk, Donetsk and Kherson. The referendums, which represent a bid to join the territory concerned to the Russian Federation, are "аnother attempt to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine", said the MFA's spokesman. Internationally, they will not be recognized and are only an attempt to legitimize the military invasion of Russia, as well as to forcefully change internationally recognized borders.
Тhe MFA also declared through its spokesman that the mobilization announced in Russia "strengthens the need for categorical and consistent support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine".
WCC wants the Eurozone
"We can still enter the Eurozone on January 1, 2024," said Assen Vassilev, one of the leaders of WCC and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in the previous cabinet of Kiril Petkov, in an interview with Kapital Weekly.
Vassilev said it was still possible, as long as there is a functioning parliament, to adopt the necessary changes to the legislation so that the country can adopt the euro at the beginning of 2024. "We should also request a new report from the European Commission and the European Central Bank. In the previous report, there were two things that were problematic - the inflation rate and the unfinished legislative program," Vassilev recalled.
Migrant influx leads to partial state of emergency
A state of emergency due to migrant pressure at the Bulgarian-Turkish border has been declared in the municipalities of Svilengrad and Topolovgrad in the Haskovo region, as well as in some municipalities in the Burgas and Yambol regions. This is the first time that a partial state of emergency has been introduced in the region for such a reason.
Interior Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev, who was visiting the area of the Malko Tarnovo border checkpoint, said that declaring a partial state of emergency could circumvent procedures blocking urgent repairs to forest roads. This, in turn, would enable equipment of the Border Police and the military to move there. Demerdzhiev emphasized that the wave of illegal migrants was growing daily. He added that migrants often crossed the border by jumping over ladders which they erect at the border fence.