The Bulgarian Parliament triumphed over President Rumen Radev’s veto by a vote of 162 in favor, reinstating the law ratifying the Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on the free transfer of armored vehicles.
The agreement, initially signed in Sofia on August 8, 2023, and in Kyiv on November 13, 2023, has sparked significant political debate within Bulgaria.
President Radev, known for his pro-Russian stance, employed his veto power to send back to Parliament the legislation ratifying the agreement for Bulgaria to provide Ukraine with 100 outdated BTR-60 armored personnel carriers.
During the Defense Strategic Review, the Defense Minister was tasked with identifying surplus weaponry and equipment necessary to equip military formations during wartime, preparing proposals for their transfer to Ukraine.
The resolution specifically outlines the Defense Ministry’s responsibility to take necessary measures to support a coalition of countries, within Bulgaria’s capabilities, aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the Ukrainian Air Force, especially in utilizing F-16 aircraft. This includes joint exercises and utilization of the country’s airspace.