Bulgarian President Rumen Radev made a comment on the status of the Crimea peninsula, drawing criticism from the United States
Sofia, Bulgaria-On Monday, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev (Rumen Radev) was criticized by the United States for his remarks on the state of the Crimea Peninsula-in his overwhelming victory in the first of his second term. Two days.
The US Embassy issued a statement expressing “deep concern” about Radev’s recent remarks that Crimea was referred to as a Russian. The peninsula was annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, and both NATO and the European Union believe it is still part of Ukraine.
During Thursday’s presidential debate with his center-right opponent Anastas Gerdzhikov, Radev insisted on maintaining a pragmatic relationship with Russia, adding that the EU should resume dialogue with Moscow .
“The sanctions imposed on Crimea and Ukraine did not produce results,” Radev said. He said that the Crimea peninsula is “Russian at the moment” and added, “What else can it be?”
These remarks have caused protests from the Ukrainian government.
The U.S. Embassy said: “The positions of the United States, the Group of Seven, the European Union, and NATO are very clear and consistent. Although Russia attempts to annex and continue to occupy Crimea, Crimea is still Ukraine.”
The statement said: “All of us, including Bulgaria, announced at the Crimea Platform Summit in August that Crimea is an inalienable part of Ukraine, and we will not and will not recognize Russia for its illegal seizure and occupation. Efforts to legalize the peninsula.”.
Also on Monday, Radev’s press office recalled that the president repeatedly stated that the annexation of Crimea violated international law.
“This is Bulgaria’s position clearly expressed in all international organizations,” the press office said, adding that from a legal point of view, Crimea belongs to Ukraine and Bulgaria has repeatedly declared its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“As President Radev said during the campaign debate, Crimea is’currently’ controlled by Russia. It is clear that this issue cannot be resolved by force,” his office said, adding that Radoff has been This fact expresses concern, “This has caused tension in international relations, especially in the Black Sea region, which is directly related to the safety of Bulgaria and its allies.”
Bulgaria’s loyalty is very divided. Although it belongs to NATO and the European Union, many Bulgarians still feel a cultural and historical affinity with Russia. The Black Sea country still relies heavily on Russian energy and is affected by growing tensions between Russia and the West.
The country’s Central Election Commission said on Monday that after almost all the votes were counted, Radef won 66% of the votes in the run-off.
His opponent Anastas Gerdzhikov admitted defeat and congratulated Radev, he will start his second term on January 22.