Valeri Simeonov: Putin Allowed Himself to Misjudge the Bulgarian Government

"Relations with Russia in recent days are developing in a non-linear dependency: Russian President Putin either has bad counselors or does not consider his words. I do not know who writes Vladimir Putin's speeches but he allowed himself to misjudge the Bulgarian government for South Stream. It is good for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to come up with a position on this issue," said Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov in an interview for BNT.

The reason for his reaction was the comment of the Russian president last week when he called for the EU to protect its interests for North Stream 2 better than Sofia had done with South Stream.

According to Valeri Simeonov, the decision to suspend the project is dictated by the fact that Bulgaria could suffer serious financial sanctions from the EU if it was implemented and considered as harmful to the Bulgarian national interest. "Investing in the construction of a pipeline and waiting to get taxes after 20 or 220 years, is stupid," he said, emphasizing that not every energy project is useful.

He also commented that the repair in the center of Sofia is at the very beginning and it is premature to make judgments. "Bulgarian architecture is specific," said the Deputy Prime Minister.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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