Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov learned about this night’s strikes of US, UK and French forces against targets in Syria by the Bulgarian intelligence, not by its allies. This was revealed today (14 April) by Bulgaria’s defence minister Krassimir Karakachanov.
“I don’t think that it’s necessary Bulgaria to express a particular position, to align with the opponents or the supporters of those strikes, first, because nobody asked us to provide assistance in sch an operation, nobody asked us what we think about it, nobody warned s when will this take place, although late yesterday the [Bulgarian] military intelligence gave us information they expect this to happen”, said Karakachanov, as quoted by Mediapool.
He added he was satisfied with the good work of the Bulgarian intelligence, adding that his personal opinion was that by such strikes the problems would not be solved.
Karakachanov is leader of VMRO, one of the three nationalist parties members of the “United Patriots”, the junior coalition partner of Borissov’s GERB party.
His positions don’t necessarily reflect those of Borissov, especially since the EU expressed solidarity with the US, UK and France.
European Council President Donald Tusk said today the EU Union stood by the United States, France and Britain over their air strikes in Syria after alleged chemical attacks by the Damascus regime.
“Strikes by US, France and UK make it clear that Syrian regime together with Russia and Iran cannot continue this human tragedy, at least not without cost. The EU will stand with our allies on the side of justice,” Tusk said in a Twitter message.
Strikes by US, France and UK make it clear that Syrian regime together with Russia & Iran cannot continue this human tragedy, at least not without cost. The EU will stand with our allies on the side of justice.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 14, 2018
Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said this was not the first time that Damascus had used chemical weapons against civilians “but it must be the last.
“The international community has the responsibility to identify and hold accountable those responsible of any attack with chemical weapons,” Juncker said in a statement.
“As it enters its 8th year of conflict, Syria desperately needs a lasting ceasefire respected by all parties that paves the way for achieving a negotiated political solution through the United Nations-led Geneva process, to bring peace to the country once and for all.”
The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable in any circumstances and must be condemned in the strongest terms. The international community has the responsibility to identify and hold accountable those responsible of any attack with chemical weapons. #Syria pic.twitter.com/beF6IEirEP
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) April 14, 2018
Borissov recently broke ranks with his NATO allies over the Skripal case, as Bulgaria did not expel any Russian diplomats.
Reports suggest Borissov did not receive the same amount of information from London on the Skripal case as other NATO allies, possibly because Bulgaria is not trusted for being capable of keeping secrets.