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War will make Bulgaria and Romania boost defence spend

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Significance

The decision comes after the legislature endorsed, on November 3, the direct supply of weapons to Ukraine. The upgrading of defence by Bulgaria and its neighbour Romania reinforces NATO and its eastern flank commitment.

Impacts

  • Bulgaria’s reversal of its previous position on sending weapons to Ukraine will boost that country's armed forces.
  • Romania will help Moldova upgrade its defence capabilities.
  • Pro-Kremlin actors will exploit the Bulgarian public’s anxieties over a deeper involvement in the war.

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