US Ambassador: 'Ridiculous' for Bulgaria Not to Maintain Ties with RussiaDiplomatic Channel | September 26, 2016, Monday // 13:10| views
US Ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Seth Rubin. Photo: BGNES
The US-Russia dilemma of Bulgaria is a false one and Bulgarians should disbelieve anyone telling them they are facing this choice, US Ambassador Eric Rubin has argued.
It is a mistake to state that Bulgaria cannot have good relations with Russia if it has such ties with the EU and NATO of which it is a member, Rubin has said in an interview for private bTV broadcaster.
He has opined that the country should try to have good relations with everyone, but should do so while clearly indicating it is a member of the EU and NATO and this is the choice of the Bulgarian people.
His comments are in response to a statement that Russia's presence is expanding in Bulgaria and a question whether the US is losing the battle for presence in the region.
The Ambassador has also fended off claims of lack of fresh US investment into the country, saying it is valued at BGN 1 B for the last 3 years according to the commerce chambers data. The money was allocated to sectors such as agriculture, technology and research and development.
He has refused to comment on the chances of the Bulgarian candidacy for head of the United Nations, Irina Bokova, saying Washington would not make any statements on the race before it is over, since the process is not public.