Bulgaria Won’t Send Weapons to Ukraine as Zelensky Faces Calls to End War

By Katherine Fung
Jun 7, 2022

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov confirmed that his government has no plans to send heavy weapons to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion, saying that Bulgaria has “done enough” to help Kyiv with humanitarian relief.

“We’ll do what we have promised to do and there’s no need to reignite the debate every two weeks,” Petkov told local media on Tuesday. “We’ve supported the incoming refugees, we have sent all kinds of humanitarian aid, we have also been involved with repairing Ukraine’s heavy weapons and we’re in line with all sanctions against Russia.”

“We’ve done enough and we’ll continue to support Ukraine,” he said in response to Kyiv’s plea for military aid.

Bulgaria has avoided sending ammunition to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began on February 24, while negotiating a different deal with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that involved using Bulgaria’s factories to repair Ukraine’s heavy weapons and using the country’s port of Varna to transport Ukrainian grain.

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