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12:34 | 18 Септември 2020 г.
19:00 | 05 Август 2020 г.
A 10-year "Roadmap for Cooperation between the Republic of Bulgaria and the United States in the field of defense" was signed by Bulgarian Minister of Defence Krassimir Karakachanov and the Secretary of the Army Mark Esper at a meeting in the Pentagon.
This aims at deepening co-operation in the Black Sea region, supporting the implementation of NATO's capability objectives, as well as co-operation in the field of cybersecurity and strengthening the crisis resilience.
The signed Roadmap will support the development of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, especially with regard to the NATO Force Capabilities Objectives, said Minister Karakachanov.
He pointed out that despite the crisis with COVID-19 and the possible impact on the country's economy, the Ministry of Defense continues to work on major projects to modernize the Bulgarian Army.
“Investments in the field of defense mean more jobs achieved through the development of industrial cooperation with leading companies in the military-industrial complex. We are satisfied with the decision of the United States to add Bulgaria to the list of countries that can benefit from deferred payment in possible future projects”, continued Karakachanov.
“We highly appreciate Bulgaria's role as a generator of security and stability both regionally and within the framework of collective security”, the US Secretary of Army Mark Esper pointed out. He explicitly expressed his gratitude towards Bulgaria for the fruitful bilateral cooperation. “Your country is an example for a number of NATO member states implementing the plan to increase the military budget to 2% of GDP for defense purposes”, he added.
The work program of the Bulgarian Minister Karakachanov continued with two meetings at the US State Department. The discussions were concerning the security issues in the Black Sea region, the Western Balkans and the Middle East, the increased presence, scale and intensity of joint exercises and training under the existing Defense Cooperation Agreement since 2006.
Minister Karakachanov reaffirmed Bulgaria's position on the integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union, noting the delay in fulfilling some of the commitments made by the Republic of Northern Macedonia under the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation, which create difficulties in the development of bilateral relations.