Formations from ruling coalition to discuss sending military aid to Ukraine

The leaders of the four formations from the ruling coalition have decided to hold a meeting, even though Hristo Ivanov, co-chair of one of the coalition parties – Democratic Bulgaria – declared he was revoking the invitation for such a meeting. His motive for revoking the invitation was that a draft on sending military aid to Ukraine would be submitted to be voted in plenary on the National Assembly’s first working day after the Easter vacation, which makes convening a coalition council pointless.

Prime Minister Kiril Petkov on his part declared, on Facebook, he would continue his efforts towards attaining a unified position on the matter, and urged Bulgarians to donate money in support of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the efforts for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict in Ukraine continue. UN Secretary General António Guterres is paying a working visit to Moscow where he is to hold talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and with President Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with a Russian TV station, Sergey Lavrov warned the West not to underestimate the elevated risks of nuclear conflict over Ukraine. In response, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter: “Russia loses last hope to scare the world off supporting Ukraine. Thus the talk of a ‘real’ danger of WWIII. This only means Moscow senses defeat in Ukraine. Therefore, the world must double down on supporting Ukraine so that we prevail and safeguard European and global security.