The Initiative Committee of Bulgaria which consists of lawyers, media representatives and civil society activists, organized a national civil initiative against the deployment of foreign troops and military equipment on the Bulgarian territory.
Organizers plan to collect signatures under a petition and pass it on to the National Assembly and the Council of Ministers.
The idea of this initiative belongs to a non-partisan civic movement ‘Modern Bulgaria,’ which brings together people of different political views, reports Bulgarian media Blitz.
The petition which was published on June 25, calls “to prevent the transformation of Bulgaria into a facilitator for settling of foreign geopolitical goals and aspirations, which can result in suffering of long-term national interests.”
On June 23, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter restated Washington's plans to deploy heavy weapons in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.
According to him Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have given their permission for deployment of weapons. According to the US Department of Defense, in each of these countries there will be military equipment necessary for units consisting of 750 people.
Washington plans to place about 250 tanks, Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers across Europe.