“Bulgaria remains firmly committed to its political support for NATO,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva told NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, who is paying a working visit to Sofia.
The two exchanged views on NATO’s Open Door Policy and the Euro-Atlantic perspective of the Western Balkan countries. Gottemoeller highly commended the conclusion of the Treaty of Friendship, Good-Neighbourliness and Cooperation between Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia, which set a positive example to all countries in the region.
“This topic was high on the agenda of NATO foreign ministers in April, and Bulgaria expects it to remain a priority during the NATO summit in July,” the Minister said. She noted the special importance of NATO and the EU facing up to hybrid threats together and taking urgent joint measures against them within the context of their cooperation. The chief Bulgarian diplomat recalled that Bulgaria recently allocated an extra 100 million leva-plus for Bulgarian military personnel salaries.
“We strongly appreciate all this,” Gottemoeller responded, noting that she had been able to feel Bulgaria’s strong support for NATO within less than 24 hours in Sofia.