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Ukraine will not receive Bulgarian armored personnel carriers - the president vetoed

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev used his presidential veto to return for reconsideration to the country's parliament a law on ratifying an agreement on the free transfer of one hundred decommissioned armored personnel carriers to Ukraine. This decision was published on the official Internet portal of the president.

The basis for the veto was the insufficient familiarization of parliamentarians with the specific parameters of this donation, which, according to Radev, does not allow them to objectively assess whether armored vehicles have lost their necessity for the needs of the country.

Radev expressed the opinion that the deputies did not take into account the potential needs of the fire department and the Bulgarian border police for this equipment. According to him, the armored vehicles transferred to Ukraine could be used to protect the borders of Bulgaria, as well as to provide assistance to citizens in the event of disasters and accidents, especially in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

These armored personnel carriers, previously approved for transfer by the Bulgarian parliament, were produced about 40 years ago and were stored in the warehouses of the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Opponents of the transfer of armored vehicles to Ukraine point to its free nature and the fact that the Bulgarian side should also bear the costs of transportation.

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