cloud

Bulgaria approved to send Defective S-300 Missiles to Ukraine

author
By: Muhammad Jawad
Bulgaria approved to send Defective S-300 Missiles to Ukraine

Bulgaria Considers Donating Malfunctioning Antiaircraft Missiles to Ukraine Amid Dispute

Draft Decision on Extended Military Aid Sparks Contention

With a majority consensus, the Defense Committee of the National Assembly has adopted a draft legislation that suggests donating malfunctioning anti-aircraft guided missiles and spare small arms ammo to Ukraine, both of which are no longer required by Bulgaria.

The initiators of the project include members from GERB-SDS, WCC-DB, and DPS, with significant figures among the signatories.

Proposal Defended by Defense Minister

The Defense Minister defended the proposal, clarifying that the donation would not involve missiles of any kind. He reiterated that there is assurance they have no potential for repair, which, if offered to Ukraine, would not concede any anti-aircraft missile systems.

The Defense Minister further allayed concerns stating that providing defective missiles to another country will in no way harm the Bulgarian Army’s combat capability or readiness. This decision would not affect them in any way as they have been previously attempted to repair without success.

Opposition Response to Proposal

The opposition reacted intensely to the proposal, viewing this provision as a step towards the full deprivation of the country’s anti-aircraft missile systems. The Bulgarian Socialist Party asked for the Defense Minister’s resignation, arguing that the move threatens Bulgaria’s anti-aircraft missile systems and suggesting that the Minister faces a conflict of interest regarding the proposed aid for Ukraine.

Others suggested that efforts should be made to repair and utilize the weapon systems internally. Despite the solidarity shown for Ukraine, it was also indicated that while the provision of ammunition is acceptable, the provision of anti-aircraft missiles is a serious concern.

Defense Minister Expectations

In light of the dispute, the Defense Minister disclosed that he expects parliamentarians to approve additional expenditures for the modernization of Ground Forces. He asked that this be done before local elections take place, citing the need for the acquisition of combat equipment to outfit several battalion combat groups of a mechanized brigade.

Details of the Investment Expenditure Project

As per the Investment Expenditure Project, decreed by the Council of Ministers, the commencement of combat vehicle deliveries would be backdated to the third quarter of 2025 and end by the first quarter of 2028. The estimated cost for new machines is around 2.5 billion leva.

The proposal entails a payment plan split over a five-year duration, involving the assembly, maintenance, and repair of machines within the country.

Chief of Defense on Antiaircraft Missiles and Air Defense

It was reported that the Bulgarian Army possesses multiple defective missiles from the S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. Despite the lack of exact numbers, it was suggested that it is safer not to store such items as they can pose a danger to the military personnel in storage.

In addition, the Chief of Defense assured that the Bulgarian Army has no issues with providing the country’s air defense, stating that the functioning elements of the Bulgarian military are in working order and capable of fulfilling their constitutional requirements.

Amid the heated discussions on offering aid to Ukraine, final stage training of the multinational battle group in Bulgaria was observed attentively by the NATO joint command in Naples and Bulgarian officials.

0
logo

Join the revolution today with our BNN App.

appstore googleplay
Learn more arrow
Bulgaria Military Ukraine

Comments

There are no comments yet.
Log in to comment
Latest Headlines
World News
Greek Government Proposes Postal Voting to Streamline Electoral Process
Greek Government Proposes Postal Voting to Streamline Electoral Process
Missouri Tigers Emerge Victorious in Thrilling Basketball Game Against Wichita State
Missouri Tigers Emerge Victorious in Thrilling Basketball Game Against Wichita State
IMA Calls for Religion-Neutral Logo for National Medical Commission
IMA Calls for Religion-Neutral Logo for National Medical Commission
Poinsettia: A Holiday Plant with Potential Pet Toxicity
Poinsettia: A Holiday Plant with Potential Pet Toxicity
New England Patriots: Offensive Struggles and Future Prospects
New England Patriots: Offensive Struggles and Future Prospects
UK Leaders Shy Away from Committing to Pension Triple Lock Policy's Future
UK Leaders Shy Away from Committing to Pension Triple Lock Policy's Future
A Spectacle of Goals: Liverpool's Thrilling 4-3 Victory Against Fulham
A Spectacle of Goals: Liverpool's Thrilling 4-3 Victory Against Fulham
Buccaneers' Triumph Over Panthers: A Tale of Tenacity and Missed Opportunities
Buccaneers' Triumph Over Panthers: A Tale of Tenacity and Missed Opportunities
Pumas vs Chivas: A Battle for Semifinals in Liga MX
Pumas vs Chivas: A Battle for Semifinals in Liga MX
Southern Gaza Braces for Health Crisis Amid Israeli Airstrikes
Southern Gaza Braces for Health Crisis Amid Israeli Airstrikes
US Vice President Kamala Harris Highlights Civilian Suffering in Gaza Amid Israeli Airstrikes
US Vice President Kamala Harris Highlights Civilian Suffering in Gaza Amid Israeli Airstrikes
The First Partial Mobilization and Its Impact on Putin's Popularity
The First Partial Mobilization and Its Impact on Putin's Popularity
Super Geomagnetic Storms: More Frequent and Potentially Devastating Than Previously Thought
Super Geomagnetic Storms: More Frequent and Potentially Devastating Than Previously Thought
German Tourist Killed in Terrorist Attack Near Eiffel Tower in Paris
German Tourist Killed in Terrorist Attack Near Eiffel Tower in Paris
Pope Francis Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza Amid Health Challenges
Pope Francis Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza Amid Health Challenges
Gaza's Healthcare Crisis Deepens Amidst Escalating Conflict
Gaza's Healthcare Crisis Deepens Amidst Escalating Conflict
World AIDS Day: Candlelight Vigil in NYC Sheds Light on Ongoing Fight
World AIDS Day: Candlelight Vigil in NYC Sheds Light on Ongoing Fight
Mysterious 'Covid-like' Virus Sweeps China, Raises Global Concerns
Mysterious 'Covid-like' Virus Sweeps China, Raises Global Concerns
bnn wechat
BNN

BNN Breaking

Magazines & Newspapers

Free - In Google Play

Install Open in app