Whose Foreign Minister Is Kristian Vigenin?

Opinions |Author: Hristina Dimitrova | April 23, 2014, Wednesday // 10:32|  views

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. Photo: BGNES

In a series of statements on Tuesday, Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin did his best to support the implementation of the South Stream project. 

First he described to reporters last week's resolution of the European Parliament on stopping the project as “an emotional plea for the faster stabilization of Ukraine” and added that South Stream was a national project of vital importance. 

Later in the day, in an exclusive interview for the Russia's ITAR-TASS, Vigenin pledged that Bulgaria will do everything possible to implement South Stream. Furthermore, he said that there was a total national agreement, including within the opposition, that it must be completed. 

Vigenin's statements come against the background of the increasing  concern with EU's dependence on Russian natural gas and the seeking of alternative   sources.  

Apparently, however, Kristian Vigenin must have forgotten that Bulgaria is an EU member and is expected to behave like one, rather than like “Russia's Trojan Horse”, as recently described in a scathing Reuters article. 

If a foreign minister is representing a country's foreign policies and best interests, then whose foreign minister is Kristian Vigenin?

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Tags: Kristian Vigenin, EU, South stream, Russia, Trojan horse


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