The Bulgarian parliamentary Defense Committee has approved the transfer of inoperable S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, Bulgarian outlet The Sofia Globe reported.
The resolution proposal also mentioned the transfer of 5.56×45 mm caliber rounds that are in surplus to the requirements by the country’s Interior Ministry.
Supporters of the resolution stated that the S-300 missiles have been deemed unfit for operation by the Bulgarian military. Even though the missiles cannot be repaired in Bulgaria, it is believed that Ukraine can put them to use.
“Our country does not have the necessary capacity to independently repair these munitions,” the explanatory memorandum reads.,
“Their use by our army would create a serious risk to the lives of Bulgarian servicemen. Unlike Bulgaria, Ukraine has declared that it has the capacity to put such defective munitions into service and have them serve the Ukrainian military.”
After review by the parliamentary committee, the proposal must be voted on by the entire chamber of representatives. Should the proposal be approved, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense will decide on the number of missiles and rounds to be transferred to Ukraine.