Expert: After Such Spy Scandal NATO May Limit Information Stream to BulgariaPolitics | March 22, 2021, Monday // 10:53| views
After such a spy scandal, it is necessary to see what the damage is, and this is a matter of analysis, as information from NATO is disseminated not only in the security sectors, but also in other services and ministries. If we don't learn from this case, it's possible that some of the information we need doesn't get to us. We need to show that we are a reliable partner. I know some of the defendants and I am shocked that it is possible to create such a network and make it function.
This is the comment by Yordan Bozhilov from the Sofia Security Forum in connection with the nabbed spy ring in Bulgaria.
"Bulgaria is operationally interesting for many countries, Bozhilov added. In the influential European and American publications, this scandal has made the headlines - the busting of Russia's spy group in our country. This topic will become an element of decision-making, including tipping the balance in favor of sanctions and a firmer attitude of individual countries towards Russia.
This is a multifaceted issue not just a spy scandal.'
"Bulgaria is a member of NATO and EU and as such follows the trend towards much sharper rhetoric and attempts to exert pressure on Russia and President Putin, especially after the inauguration of the new US President Joe Biden," Milen Keremedchiev, a former Deputy Foreign Minister, added on the topic. - Bulgaria will become increasingly important for both the overall NATO strategy and the Russian interests in the region."
According to him, this type of scandal and development for more than a year is certainly involving partner countries.
"The main purpose and interests of the Russian services are the operations that are carried out on our territory," Keremedchiev said.
In his opinion, such cultivation of special services that has taken over a year cannot but involve allied intelligence services.
"The main goal and interests of the Russian services are the operations that are carried out on our territory," Keremedchiev said.
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