Bulgarian PM: NATO Missile Shield Must Cover Entire Country

Defense | May 30, 2011, Monday // 11:41|  views

Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, addressed Monday the NATO parliamentary assembly, held in Bulgaria's Black Sea capital Varna. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria has a firm position on the NATO missile defense system – it must cover the entire territory of the country, Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, declared.

Borisov spoke Monday at the NATO parliamentary assembly, held between May 27 and May 30 in Bulgaria's Black Sea capital Varna.

According to Borisov, the missile shield guarantees the security of NATO countries' territories, but where and what exact elements are to be located, would depend on technical and strategic decisions of the Alliance.

The PM pointed out to participants in the assembly the Black Sea Region, where three countries are NATO members and the other three are partners, is the place of crucial strategic transport corridors.

Regarding NATO's mission in Libya, Borisov stated Bulgaria is taking part according to its possibilities such as the "Drazki" frigate, adding the Bulgarian State has expressed its support from day one.

"These operations in Libya are late by years because for a long time Bulgaria was victimized by Muammar Gaddafi's regime, tакинг Bulgarians hostages and torturинг them in the most despicable way," the PM pointed out.

Bulgaria's leader announced the country is going to be included next week in the work of a contact group on Libya, and appealed to all to listen to Bulgaria carefully since it has a lot to say about Gaddafi.

Borisov further focused on energy security of NATO members, explaining energy independence is a warrant for the economic one.

"I assure NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen that Bulgaria is a predictable and active ally," Borisov concluded.

Fogh Rasmussen is on an official visit to Bulgaria Monday to take part in the parliamentary assembly.

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