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bne IntelliNews – Opposition party demands resignation of ‘pro-Russian’ Bulgarian energy minister

Democratic Bulgaria has demanded the immediate withdrawal of acting energy minister Rossen Hristov over his efforts to put the country back into Russia’s energy orbit, it said in a September 9 statement.

Hristov refused to buy six of the seven tankers with US liquefied natural gas (LNG) agreed to by the former government of Kiril Petkov, and said the country must start negotiations with Gazprom on a renewal of supplies.

Democratic Bulgaria accuses Hristov of a “total failure in handling the gas crisis” and of trying to make Bulgaria dependent on Gazprom again.

The party said in a statement that it had decided to demand Hristov’s resignation following his interview with the weekly Capital in which he admitted that Moscow had made a political decision that Gazprom should not work with Bulgaria, but at the same time the energy minister continues to insist that Sofia should find a way to persuade the Russian company to resume its natural gas supplies.

In the interview, Hristov also said Europe doesn’t need Bulgaria to anger Russia, suggesting it could lead to war in the country, which is a NATO member.

“Why do you need a European country that would be in conflict with Russia and behave aggressively with Ukraine? Why does Europe need Bulgaria to be able to anger Russia with any action and endanger the whole of the European Union,” Hristov said.

He added that if Bulgaria were attacked, it would be an attack on NATO and the European Union.

“Why then would Bulgaria threaten the security of all of Europe?” Historically, like it or not, Bulgaria is closely tied to Russia,” Hristov also said.

These statements have angered pro-Western democratic Bulgaria, which has been working to distance Bulgaria from Russian influence since the start of the war.

“The behavior of the interim government and in particular of the energy minister is a humiliation for Bulgaria. This contradicts the national interest and once again shows the dependencies of the caretaker government on Russia,” Democratic Bulgaria said in the statement.

“The result of the attempts to bring Gazprom back on the list of gas suppliers will bring Bulgaria back into Putin’s orbit and into his sphere of influence at a time when our country must be even stronger and adamant defender of Euro-Atlantic values “, he added. added.

Democratic Bulgaria has called on the caretaker government of Prime Minister Gulub Donev to focus on the urgent completion of the gas interconnection with Greece and to take steps for a real diversification of natural gas supply sources. Donev’s government is due to publish the final documents for the interconnection, but there were attempts in August to delay this. Still, the caretaker government said the procedure would be completed by the end of September.