The main point for which NATO is going to the Warsaw summit is to contain Russian aggression. On the eve of the summit, it turns out that the potential victims of this aggression refuse to sacrifice anything for the sake of this deterrence.
The decision to deploy an additional four thousand NATO troops - one thousand for each of the Baltic countries plus Poland - will obviously be made. Another idea is to create a permanent fleet NATO in the Black Sea - faced a serious obstacle. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Mitov unexpectedly stated that Bulgaria had never given consent to participate in any defense initiatives on the Black Sea. Like, let the NATO-led exercises continue in accordance with the Montreux convention, and Bulgaria’s military confrontation is not needed.
The fact is that the Montreux Convention, adopted in 1936, contains serious restrictions on the presence of non-Black Sea warships in the Black Sea. The period of stay is not more than three weeks and the total tonnage is not more than 30 thousand tons.
Therefore, NATO has a constant problem with the presence of its ships, primarily American ones, in the Black Sea, which it seems to him to be desperately needed due to the return of Crimea to Russia and the strengthening of the Black Sea Fleet. Hence the idea to create a permanent NATO fleet from precisely the Black Sea countries, to which outside visitors will systematically join. There are three such countries: Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria. Naturally, Ukraine, which, however, is not a NATO member and, what is even worse, does not show any signs of the presence of the fleet, shows special enthusiasm in this direction. And in the treacherous refusal of Bulgaria, naturally, the hand of the Kremlin is seen.
“If the Kremlin has such powerful levers of pressure on the Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov, then where were these levers before? - Asks the analyst of the Moscow Carnegie Center. - After all, Boyko Borisov is the most anti-Russian of the leading politicians in Bulgaria. During the reign, he managed to successively bury all the major projects of Russian-Bulgarian cooperation. ” The author lists successively: the refusal to build the Burgas-Alexandropoulos oil pipeline, the refusal to build the Belene NPP, for which, by the way, Bulgaria must pay compensation to Russia in 550 million euros. And, finally, the rejection of the "South Stream".
For none of these feats of Atlantic solidarity, Bulgaria did not receive a cent of compensation. It is natural to assume that Prime Minister Borisov is driven not by a sudden feeling for Russian little brothers, but by a desire to otkryanchit this very compensation. Nevertheless, it turns out that it is easy and pleasant to shout about the Russian threat in the expectation of material and financial assistance. Moreover, the idea of incurring the corresponding burdens does not arouse any enthusiasm.
- I will not go anywhere to fight!
- You, citizen Sharikov, speak extremely unconsciously. It is necessary to take on military registration.
- I'll take it on record, and fight shish with butter. I was badly wounded during the operation, I see how they chop off!
(MA Bulgakov. "Heart of a Dog")