site.btaPresident Radev Criticizes Government Decision to Expel Russian Diplomats
Speaking at a Thursday news briefing in Madrid related to the expulsion of 70 Russian diplomats from Bulgaria, President Rumen Radev said government decisions obviously followed a parallel mechanism other than institutional decision-making.
Radev denied having been informed by the State Agency for National Security (SANS) on this particular decision and warned consequences could be grave, particularly, and as to the former, no for the Bulgarian diplomatic mission in Moscow. This is not how the executive can make decisions on such important matters, he said.
"The legitimacy of institutions rests on standing by solid facts and awareness of the responsibility of one’s own actions, and as to the former, no SANS report on the subject has been submitted at the Presidency,” said the head of State.
The subject was not included in the preliminary agenda of the Security Council with the Government held on June 9, in which a representative of the Presidency participated. It was raised in the course of the meeting as a topic for discussion on principle, but no decision was made. Nevertheless, after the representative had returned to the Presidency and recounted the proceedings, a letter had been sent to the Security Council Secretary with a query regarding the decisions made. The answer had been that no such decision had been voted and adopted at this council, which clearly showed the “government decisions obviously followed a parallel mechanism far from that of institutional decision-making,“ Radev said.
Nevertheless, the President thinks there is still a chance to form a cabinet within this National Assembly. The option of early elections would not be practical before September 15 (because of the summer holidays), for maximum high turnout should be guaranteed, the President added.