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People in Bulgaria protest against possible return to buying Russian gas

11 August, 2022 Thursday
20:30

In Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, people have come out onto the streets in protest against the risk that the interim government, appointed by President Rumen Radev, will conclude a new gas supply agreement with Russia's Gazprom

This was reported by Sofia Globe.

It is known that the activists opposed the country's conclusion of a new agreement with Gazprom, which would continue Bulgaria's dependence on Russia.

The protests, which are planned to continue in the coming days under the hashtag "#GAZwithme", oppose Bulgaria's return to dependence on Russian gas and, accordingly, participation in financing the war against Ukraine.

The organizers of the protest sent an open letter with questions to Radev, the interim government and the parties of the dissolved 47th National Assembly.

The first question: "With the suppliers of which countries and when will Bulgaria conclude contracts to ensure the necessary volumes for the winter under the conditions of EU sanctions on gas and oil supplies from Russia?".

The remaining six questions come from the topic of gas and are related to what steps will be taken to hold fair elections when Bulgaria goes to early parliamentary elections on October 2.

Among the questions is the humanitarian policy regarding Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria, as well as what will be Bulgaria's policy regarding military aid to Ukraine? 

The organizers say that they have not received answers to these questions from Radev's interim administration.

During its tenure, the administration of previous Prime Minister Kiril Petkov showed that it was taking significant steps towards diversifying its energy supply, stressing that claims of a constant need for Russian gas were a myth and meant complicity in financing the Putin regime and the war against Ukraine.

Openly wanting to discredit these statements in the context of the upcoming elections, the administration appointed by Radev is trying to portray Bulgaria as being plunged into an energy crisis, and the highest officials in the current Ministry of Energy see no problem in restoring contractual relations with the Russian gas supplier.

The Radev-appointed administration also tried to portray the steps taken by the Petkov government regarding gas supplies as inadequate and unimplemented.

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