Bulgaria transfers to Ukraine weapons worth billions of dollars through third countries

6 March, 07:15 PM
Flag of Bulgaria (Photo:sapviktor / pixabay)

Flag of Bulgaria (Photo:sapviktor / pixabay)

Bulgaria has provided arms worth billions of dollars to Ukraine over the past two years despite not a single deal being signed between the two countries at the government level, journalists from Euractiv said in an article published on March 6.

In response to a journalist request, the Bulgarian Minister of Economy said that country has not made ant agreement either with Ukrainian companies or state bodies and no export permissions have been issued in the period from Feb. 24, 2022, until Jan. 19, 2023.

However, last year alone, Bulgaria indirectly exported at least $1 billion worth of weapons to Ukraine. The publication notes that the supply of weapons to Ukraine began even before the full-scale invasion.

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“Bulgarian arms companies do not sell weapons and ammunition directly to Ukrainian companies because there is a practice for this to happen through foreign programmes,”  Velizar Shalamanov, former acting defence minister, told Euroactiv.

He added that the United Kingdom, the United States and Poland provide significant funding for weapons supplies to Ukraine. They also buy arms for supply to Ukraine from Bulgaria. Logistics were mainly set up for the supply of the arms via Poland.

The German outlet Die Welt wrote on Jan. 18 that Bulgaria secretly provided Ukraine with fuel and ammunition in the first months of the full-scale invasion. In general, Bulgaria has secured one-third of the Ukrainian army's needs in the first half year of the war, with funding coming from the the United Kingdom and the United States.

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