Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Putin invited, but no date set

Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Putin invited, but no date set

Both Bulgaria’s President and Prime Minister have invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the country, but no date has been set, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said in a television interview on January 18.

Commenting on Putin’s visit to Serbia, Zaharieva said that Bulgaria was making every effort so that the second pipeline of “Turkish Stream” would pass through Bulgaria.

“I think there is a very good chance this will happen. President Putin once again said in Serbia that there is an opportunity for it to happen,” she said.

On the topic of Brexit, Zaharieva said that in the May 2019 European Parliament elections, the number of polling stations for Bulgarians in the UK would be smaller than it had been so far if there was a no-deal Brexit.

“Nothing else” should change for Bulgarians there, she said.

On January 16, Zaharieva told Bulgarian National Radio that the Foreign Ministry had been preparing a large-scale information campaign to inform all Bulgarians how to act in connection with various possible scenarios of Brexit.

For Bulgarians who have been living and working for years in the UK, there would be no problems staying in the country, Zaharieva said.

However, whatever happened with the manner of Brexit, Bulgarians resident in the UK would need to obtain biometric passports, she said./IBNA