Rumen Radev Meets Donald Trump During NATO Meeting

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev spoke with the President of the United States, Donald Trump during the NATO budgetary discussion.

As the Commander-in-chief of the Bulgarian military, Radev was at the meeting to discuss the budgetary demands of the Alliance. President Trump has been very vocal about the need for European NATO members to increase defense spending to 4% of their GDP. Much of Radev’s time as president of Bulgaria was spent on the same topic of improving the armed forces, especially the Air Force, which he commanded during his military career.

News.bg quotes Radev: “Only I asked the question in front of the Secretary-General of NATO about what is happening to the trans-Atlantic connection that should be the backbone of NATO in terms of military capabilities if we don’t meet the current 2%, and nobody is even talking about the 4%.” He also added: “NATO isn’t a stock exchange where you can buy security, NATO is a union of sovereign states united by strategic goals and shared values.”

Bulgaria’s defense budget was reportedly put at 1.56% of the yearly GDP, which is expected to be at around 1.65 billion leva.

Photo: Presidential press secretariat

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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