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Bulgaria: Political and Social Impact One Year After the Start of Russia's War of Aggression against Ukraine

by Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes, Nikolaj Boschnakow, Borislaw Wankow

Reactions in politics and society in Bulgaria

For historical reasons, pro-Russian attitudes are widespread in Bulgaria.

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In 2022, this found expression in the varied political and public reactions to the massive military offensive launched by the Russian army on February 24, 2022 in Ukraine. After the start of the war, discussions in Bulgaria on sending armaments to Ukraine, providing shelter for tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees and the general clarification of Bulgaria's political position on the events in Ukraine were relevant. Today, the political majority is clearly on the Ukrainian side, and the actions of Putin and the Kremlin are viewed increasingly critically. However, recent statements by the President and Defense Minister have raised certain doubts about Bulgaria's consistent Euro-Atlantic course.


The full-length publication is only available in German.

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