Boyko Borisov: Turkey has Influence in Bulgaria Through the Muslims While Russia is Using the Church

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov admitted that both Russia and Turkey are important for the Balkans. Today, the PM attended the discussion "Vienna economic forum - Sofia speaks" where he met with the leaders of the Western Balkan countries. 

Borisov stated that he has always tried to explain to his colleagues the significance of both those countries in Bulgaria. History does indeed bind Bulgaria with Turkey and Russia. The Muslim population of Bulgaria is mostly of Turkish descend while Russia's influence comes from the Orthodox Christianity, the Church. However, Borisov insisted that Bulgaria should not try to fight these things but rather use them as a bridge and as a tool for bettering the relationships with Russia and Turkey. 

The Prime Minister had to address the issue because of the people's criticism of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for not accepting the Macedonian Church's invitation allegedly under Russian influence. 

Bulgaria's PM said that in the foreseeable future the main goal is for the Western Balkans to become a "construction site" and this can only happen through cooperation and understanding. According to him, progress in this region is crucial to all European countries because multiple important roads cross the Balkans. In Merkel's, May's and Macron's visit Borisov sees a future of a united Europe that respects and works with the Balkan countries. 


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Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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