Bulgaria's President Downplays US Equipment Reports

Defense | June 15, 2015, Monday // 14:23|  views

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There have been no proposals to Bulgaria about the potential deployment of US heavy weapons in the country, President Rosen Plevneliev has said.

Meeting his Portuguese counterpart An?bal Cavaco Silva, who is on a visit to Sofia, Plevneliev made clear no talks had so far been held between Bulgaria and Pentagon officials.

This comes just hours after Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak admitted Warsaw was negotiating the step with Washington, in a move which would bring battle tanks and other heavy weaopns to the country and which would constitute the first stationing of US military equipment in newer NATO member states.

Reports suggest the same proposal also includes the Baltics.

Poland joined NATO in 1999, while Bulgaria and the Baltic countries entered the alliance in 2004.

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