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Day 40: Cooperation in Naval and Polar Research between Bulgaria and Argentina Discussed in Mar del Plata
Day 40: Cooperation in Naval and Polar Research between Bulgaria and Argentina Discussed in Mar del Plata
At the news conference in Mar del Plata (BTA Photo)

The naval base in Mar del Plata, Argentina, hosted a news conference on the cooperation between Bulgaria and Argentina in the field of naval affairs, polar research and logistics. The event took place a day after the arrival of the Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (NAVAL RSV 421) in the city. Mar del Plata is an intermediate stop on NAVAL 421’s way to the Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island.

The news conference was attended by Flotilla Admiral Boyan Mednikarov, Rector of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna (on the Black Sea), RSV 421's Commanding Officer and Executive Office - Commander Nikolay Danailov, Rear Admiral Marcelo Tarapow, Director General of Education and Preparation of the Argentine Navy, Bulgaria's Ambassador to Argentina Stoyan Mihaylov and Alfredo Atanasoff, Ambassador of Argentina to Bulgaria and representative of Guillermo Carmona, Secretary of the Malvinas Islands Department at the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bulgarian and Argentinean journalists, as well as participants in Bulgarian polar expeditions also took part in the event.

The current voyage of NAVAL 421 is a dream come true of generations of Bulgarian scientists, and especially of the head of the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, Prof. Hristo Pimpirev. "This would not have happened without the help of the Argentine Navy," Mednikarov said.

Taking a question from BTA, Tarapow said that he has repeatedly been a guest of the St. Kliment Ohridski Bulgarian polar base and was very impressed by the hospitality of the participants in the Bulgarian Antarctic expeditions, as well as by the sacrifices and dedication with which they pave the way for science on the Ice Continent, despite the harsh conditions there. He described the polar cooperation between Bulgaria and Argentina as a warm embrace of friendship.

With pride and respect, Tarapow noted that for the first time the Bulgarian flag was seen waving on a mast at the navy base in Mar del Plata along with the flag of Argentina.

In 2016, the ministries of defence of Bulgaria and Argentina signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering mutual assistance and exchange of experience in many areas in the field of defence - training and preparation, information exchange, peacekeeping, defence industry, science and technology, etc. An Antarctic cooperation agreement was also signed between the two countries in 2022. It officially reaffirmed the Bulgarian-Argentinean friendship on in Antarctica, which has been growing stronger for 31 years.

BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back, who will cover the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout the stay in Antarctica.

All media outlets can use the Bulgaria-Antarctica BTA's Log for free.

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