Bulgarians protest throughout US Protection Sec. Austin’s go to, PM says no Ukraine navy support

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Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin was confronted by protestors in Bulgaria Saturday as he met with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov to debate the continued safety disaster with Russia’s warfare in Ukraine. 

Demonstrators appeared to protest any navy help for Ukraine as they held up Bulgarian and Russian flags as Austin and Petkov met for a joint press convention. 

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Protesters gathered as U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited Slovakia and gave a press conference, Saturday, March 19, 2022. 

Protesters gathered as U.S. Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin visited Slovakia and gave a press convention, Saturday, March 19, 2022. 
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Prime gamers within the 30-member NATO alliance, just like the U.S., U.Okay., France, Canada and 17 different European nations, have offered navy support to Ukraine and have inspired different allies to comply with swimsuit.

However Bulgaria on Saturday once more refused to interact in discussions of sending defensive arms to Kyiv.

“I’d like to say very clearly that we have not discussed any military assistance to Ukraine,” he stated, noting that reviews stating in any other case have been “fake news.”

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“We are working together to reinforce the eastern flank of NATO, but nothing more than that has been discussed,” he added. 

NATO Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg stated that within the face of Russia’s aggression in Europe, the alliance wanted to re-evaluate its pressure posture and construct up its safety defenses.

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IRPIN, UKRAINE - MARCH 08: Civilians continue to flee from Irpin due to ongoing Russian attacks in Irpin, Ukraine on March 08, 2022. 

IRPIN, UKRAINE – MARCH 08: Civilians proceed to flee from Irpin attributable to ongoing Russian assaults in Irpin, Ukraine on March 08, 2022. 
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Stoltenberg stated the transfer ought to deter any consideration by Russian President Vladimir Putin of extending his warfare exterior the borders of Ukraine, and reaffirmed that an assault on any NATO nation will set off a response from the complete alliance. 

Austin didn’t touch upon Bulgaria’s refusal to ship support to Ukraine because it continues to be pummeled by Russian forces however as an alternative applauded the resilience of the Ukrainian forces.  

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“Russia’s aggression has galvanized the Ukrainian people, NATO and the free world,” the protection secretary stated. “Their struggle is crucial for the rules-based international order and for the common values that Bulgaria and the United States share.”

Bulgaria, which doesn’t share a border with Ukraine, has accepted hundreds of refugees and pledged to assist Ukraine via humanitarian help and by offering medical support, Petkov stated Saturday.

A semi-conscious woman is attended to by Ukrainian soldiers after crossing the Irpin river as fleeing the city in the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022. 

A semi-conscious girl is attended to by Ukrainian troopers after crossing the Irpin river as fleeing town within the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022. 

“But being so close to the conflict, right now I have to say that currently, we will not be able to send military assistance to Ukraine. This will not be possible,” he added. 

Austin stated the U.S. and Bulgaria will proceed to conduct navy trainings and work to enhance Bulgaria’s navy readiness and bolster “NATO’s interoperability.”

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