Sunday, April 10, 2016

Boiko Borissov: Bulgaria can protect its borders – even without Nato

Observing a maritime exercise off Bourgas on April 10, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov boasted that his country’s military and border guards could alone protect its borders: “There is no need for Nato to come to protect us”.

“The armed forces of Bulgaria are the pride of the people. Our military and police are super professional,” Borissov said.

The exercise, involving Border Police and naval vessels, was based on a scenario of intercepting a people-trafficking boat heading from Turkish waters. It was held against the background of several such exercises by Bulgaria lately, so far only on land, to train interior and defence ministry staffs to work together in the face of the migrant and refugee crisis.

Recently, Bulgarian Cabinet ministers have said repeatedly that in spite of the shutdown of borders in Balkan countries, there is no indication of an increased number of migrants and refugees heading into and through Bulgaria on the way to Western Europe...


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