After the Bulgarian parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the government, which had worked for only six months, Prime Minister Kirill Petkov declaredthat three Bulgarian politicians and the Russian ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova are guilty of what happened. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the head of the Bulgarian government is “talking”.
“It was an honor for me to lead the government overthrown by Borisov, Peevsky, Trifonov and Mitrofanova … This vote was a small step on a long journey. They didn’t understand that they can’t make money this way. [доверие] Bulgarian people. MWe promise that we will continue this fight and one day Bulgaria will be a successful European country – without behind-the-scenes intrigues and mafia“, Petkov said.
In his speech, the Bulgarian Prime Minister mentioned media mogul and ex-deputy Delyan Peevski, Slavi Trifonov, singer and founder of the There Is Such a People party, and Boyko Borisov, former prime minister and current head of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, whose deputies passed a vote of no confidence.
Later Petkov explained his claim to the Russian ambassador. According to him, Trifonov “I couldn’t believe that we said “No” to the Russian Gazprom.” Bulgarian Prime Minister emphasizedthat will continue to fight for the rights of ordinary citizens.
At the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria reportedthat “they will not comment on the internal affairs of Bulgaria and the statement of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria.” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated following:
“The list is missing Batman and Catwoman. I think the man is tired, he began to talk.
On June 22, the parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the government of Bulgaria: 123 deputies spoke out against the current composition of the Cabinet, and 121 parliamentarians were enough to approve the initiative. According to the parliament, Petkov and his associates failed to cope with rising inflation and did not fulfill their promise to defeat corruption in Bulgaria. In addition, the politician was reminded of the conflict with Russia (Petkov refused to pay for gas in rubles), in connection with which the republic was left without fuel supplies.
On May 11, Bulgaria announced that it had agreed with the United States on the supply of LNG “at prices lower than those of Gazprom.” On April 27, the Russian gas company announced that it had fully suspended supplies to Bulgargaz (Bulgaria) and PGNIG (Poland) due to the lack of payment for gas in rubles.
How the Western media commented on the conflict in Bulgaria
The Guardian notesthat the resignation of the government of Harvard graduate Kirill Petkov took place just six months after the approval of the composition of the Cabinet. The publication notes that the authorities have problems amid disputes over budget spending and Sofia’s position on North Macedonia. Bulgaria prevents the republic from joining the EU until Skopje recognizes that the Macedonian language was formed from Bulgarian.
The publication notes that the position of the Bulgarians in relation to Russia became openly pro-Western and pro-NATO after the start of the special operation, which is not typical for a country that maintained friendly relations with Moscow. Bulgaria now faces possibly its fourth general election from April 2021, jeopardizing millions of euros from EU recovery funds and Sofia’s plans to switch to the euro in 2024.
In addition, regarding this spoke out and the Financial Times (FT). According to the publication, the decision of the parliament “plunged the country into political confusion” and was “a blow to the EU’s expansion plans in the Balkans.” The FT admits that now the Balkan countries may cool down to the process of joining the European Union, which Russia will take advantage of.
If Bulgaria stopped conflicting with North Macedonia, this would open the way for Albania, which is linked to Skopje and has been waiting for a decision on the EU since 2005, the publication says. The publication recalled that Petkov wanted to conclude an agreement with North Macedonia, but he did not have enough votes in parliament. In addition, Albania and North Macedonia are supported by Serbia.
“Petkov may try to form a new majority. If he fails, it is likely that GERB will try to form a new government. At the same time, other parties will still consider him toxic, given the rampant corruption while the prime minister was in power, ”the FT writes.