site.btaRadev: "Unless Controlled, Price Rises Will Turn Energy Crisis into Social, Political Crisis"
Speaking to journalists in the Czech capital on Friday, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev commented on the price rises, EU sanctions against Russia, Ukraine's bid to join NATO, and the cabinet-forming procedure.
"Unless Europe shows solidarity in putting the growing prices under control, the energy crisis will escalate into a social and political crisis with all its ramifications," said Radev, quoted by his Press Secretariat, after attending an informal European Council meeting in the Czech capital.
The head of State argued that a comprehensive analysis should be made of the medium-term and long-term impact of EU-imposed sanctions lest they damage the European economy irreversibly. "Speaking of sanctions, it should be clear that we will not allow any sanctions that harm Bulgaria's energy sector and economy," the President stressed, adding that when the present European Council was being prepared Bulgaria successfully prevented the inclusion of nuclear power in this package of sanctions. Regarding the setting of a natural gas price cap, Tadev said that there is a will to tackle the price crisis but specific mechanisms and steps are still under consideration.
"Politicians who push Bulgaria to war, whether because they are ignorant or self-serving, must tell Bulgarians in whose interests they are acting," the President said, approached about the criticism of Democratic Bulgaria that he did not join a declaration on Ukraine's NATO membership adopted by some East European countries. "I acted in full conviction when I did not sign the declaration on Ukraine's accession to NATO because at this point this would imply a war between NATO and Russia," Radev stressed. "I will remain responsible to Bulgarian citizens and, as president and supreme commander-in-chief, I will be working against Bulgaria's embroilment in war regardless of the nice phraseology that disguises this," the President pointed out. He is dismayed that, against the background of the Europewide energy and economic crisis, Democratic Bulgaria is rushing to draw the country into the war even before parliament has been convened. "It is hard to believe that the leadership of a coalition which claims to be democratic and ethical in politics can use such outright lies and manipulations," the head of State argued.
On October Democratic Bulgaria called on the President "not to take positions alone and behind the back of the public on key issues for the country's Euro-Atlantic belonging and dignity" and condemned "his decision to be the only head of State from Central and Eastern Europe who refused to join" the position of his counterparts.
Radev expects the parties in the newly elected National Assembly to keep in mind that they must put Bulgarian citizens' interests first. With regard to the cabinet-forming procedure under the Constitution, the President reiterated that he will allow enough time to the parties to discuss the principles and priorities behind which they can rally so that a ruling majority and government could be rendered up. "Having a parliament is crucial because the Bulgarian constitutional governance model is founded precisely on the National Assembly," Radev added.