Ukrainian President Zelenskyy calls Bulgarian Prime Minister Petkov

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke by phone with Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov on March 13, according to a message by Zelenskyy on Twitter and a statement from the Ukrainian embassy in Sofia.

“Informed about the course of defense of Ukraine, the crimes of the Russian aggressor,” Zelenskyy said.

“We appreciate the help and support provided by the European Union for Ukraine’s integration,” he said.

“The focus of Zelenskyy’s conversation was the criminal actions of the Russian aggressor, help and gratitude for supporting Ukraine’s European integration,” said the Embassy of Ukraine in Sofia.

Before and during the war against Ukraine ordered by Vladimir Putin, Bulgaria repeatedly expressed its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The Bulgarian coalition government has declared its support for sanctions against Putin’s Russia, with the exception of the coalition government partner, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, who disagreed, as the pro-Kremlin Socialists in the governing coalition opposed the continued use of NATO-allied aircraft to protect Bulgarian airspace.

The BSP has argued that Putin’s war against Ukraine poses no direct threat to NATO and EU member Bulgaria.

Bulgaria is among European Union member states that have campaigned to take Putin’s Russia to the International Court of Justice for war crimes in Ukraine.

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