Russia wants explanation from Bulgaria over US missile shield

Russia is waiting for Bulgaria to explain its intention to join a new US missile defence system in Europe which came as an unwelcome surprise to Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday.

“We are waiting for explanations, we were promised those,” Lavrov declared.

“We have already questioned our US partners in Washington through our ambassador as to the meaning of this, and why we have this Bulgarian surprise after the Romanian surprise,” Lavrov said.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said Friday he favoured taking part in a new US missile defence system in Europe and a US ambassador indicated that talks have already started.

The US ambassador to Bulgaria James Warlick hinted in a public lecture that Washington was open for talks with Sofia on the issue.

Warlick played down Russian fears about the system by reiterating President Barack Obama’s statement that America wanted “a strong, peaceful, and prosperous Russia.”

“The United States will not ask the Bulgarian government or people to choose between Moscow and Washington,” he added.

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