SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgaria’s parliament on Friday permitted the supply of extra army support to Ukraine in its struggle with Russia.
A majority of 147 lawmakers within the 240-seat chamber voted in favor of supplying Ukraine with transportable anti-aircraft missile methods and surface-to-air missiles of assorted sorts meant to bolster Ukraine’s air protection capabilities, the state-run BTA information company reported.
Navy specialists stated the missiles, that are both faulty or redundant, can’t be repaired in Bulgaria, however Ukraine has the wanted services to repair them or use them for spare components.
Some 55 lawmakers from pro-Russian teams in parliament voted towards sending the help, underscoring the divisions within the Balkan nation over serving to Ukraine counter Russia’s invasion.
Bulgaria, as soon as a member of the now-defunct Warsaw pact, joined NATO in 2004, however nonetheless maintains shares of Soviet-designed weapons.
As well as, parliament on Friday permitted the usage of Bulgarian airspace for coaching of Ukrainian F-16 pilots and allowed as much as 4 rotating infantry or mechanized Ukrainian military items of as much as 160 folks per 12 months to transit or keep in Bulgaria for coaching.
In a separate vote, lawmakers on Friday overrode a veto by the nation’s pro-Russian president on offering Ukraine with 100 Soviet-era armored personnel carriers and obtainable armament, in addition to spare components, to assist the war-torn nation enhance its defensive capabilities.
President Rumen Radev has repeatedly opposed Bulgaria’s army support for Ukraine, claiming that sending Soviet-era tools to Ukraine would diminish Bulgaria’s personal protection functionality and “would threat involving Bulgaria within the struggle.”
Bulgarian lawmakers have up to now voted in favor of aiding Ukraine’s army a number of occasions. In September, they permitted supplying Ukraine with faulty surface-to-air missiles for the Russian-made S-300 air protection system and small-caliber automated weapon ammunition discarded by the Inside Ministry.
The votes have marking a turnaround in Bulgaria’s coverage on sending army tools to Kyiv following the appointment of a brand new, pro-Western authorities.
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