Defense Minister: There are 206 American soldiers in Bulgaria – Novinite.com

There are 206 American soldiers in Bulgaria. This was said by Defense Minister Stefan Yanev during parliamentary scrutiny.

Under a 2006 agreement with the United States, no more than 2,500 civilians and uniformed US soldiers can be present. This number has not been exceeded, said Yanev.

“There has not been a case since 2006 in which the US military has even come close to 2,500. Remember that we are not talking about a permanent presence, but about this type of exercises that take place at the Novo Selo training ground. Even with the rotation, even on an annual basis, the number does not exceed 2,500 people.” said the minister.

From January to June there will be an exercise with the Bulgarian military on the Novo Selo chain, said Stefan Yanev.

He also noted that repairs to the runway at Graf Ignatievo air base should begin in the middle of the year. The infrastructure must be ready for the acceptance of the new f 16 Plane.

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BGN 180 million has been earmarked for repairs in the draft budget for this year.

Yanev assured that he will not delay the repair of the track.

“In order to avoid this future delay, I have convened a Defense Council next week to ensure that we have all the necessary analysis, preliminary information and requirements that we must meet to avoid this delay, which will be very inconvenient and affect the operation will of the air force base.”

A few days ago, Minister Yanev said that a delay of months was expected for the delivery of the first f 16 Plane. This was planned for next year.

Yanev said that some of the contracts for other repairs to Count Ignatievo were submitted to the Military Appellate Prosecutor’s Office and the State Financial Inspection Agency for inspection. The results of the inspections are not known, Minister Yanev said.

/BNR

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