Russia Ukraine conflict

Bulgaria to send discarded military equipment for Ukraine to repurpose

Published: Updated:
Enable Read mode
100% Font Size

Bulgaria’s parliament Wednesday approved the provision of additional military aid to Ukraine in its war with Russia.

At a closed-door meeting, lawmakers voted 141-40, with three abstentions, in favor of supplying Ukraine with defective surface-to-air missiles for the Russian-made S-300 air defense system and small-caliber automatic weapon ammunition discarded by the Interior Ministry, the state-run BTA news agency reported.


For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Military experts said the missiles cannot be repaired in Bulgaria, but Ukraine has the needed facilities to fix them or use them for spare parts.

The Chief of Defense, Adm. Emil Eftimov, assured lawmakers that the provided weapons do not harm Bulgaria’s defensive capabilities.

“We have no intention of giving (Ukraine) the entire S-300 missile complex until we find a replacement capability,” he said.

The vote mirrored divisions in the Balkan country over sending military aid to Ukraine. It sparked criticism from the Socialist Party and the pro-Russia nationalists from the Revival Party who voted against sending the aid.

Bulgaria, which joined NATO in 2004, still maintains stocks of Soviet-designed weapons and has numerous factories making munitions for them.

Read more:

Bulgaria to send heavy military equipment to Ukraine for the first time during war

Swiss to sell back Leopard 2 tanks to help restock after Ukraine donations

Russia, Cuba working together on case of Cubans recruited for Russian army

Top Content Trending