site.btaParliamentary Committees Okay Draft Resolution on Military, Military-Technological Support to Ukraine
At a joint meeting behind closed doors on Thursday, the parliamentary Committees on Defence and on Foreign Policy approved a draft resolution on the provision of military and military-technological support to Ukraine, MPs said after the meeting.
Under the draft resolution, proposed by the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly is to authorize the presence of up to 60 members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine annually for participation in combat orderlies training modules in the territory of Bulgaria in connection with the European Union Military Assistance Mission in Ukraine (EUMAM UA).
Under the draft, up to 50 Bulgarian service persons are to participate in training for the use of the armament and equipment provided within the framework of EUMAM UA in the territory of EU Member States and/or in Bulgaria.
The draft also proposes the participation of up to five Bulgarian commissioned/ non-commissioned officers in the EU Multinational Command for combined arms training in Poland and/or the Multinational Command for specialist training in Germany.
The military and military-technological support that Bulgaria will provide to Ukraine is classified. One way proposed for its implementation is by concluding a bilateral agreement with Ukraine for the provision of armaments, materiel and ammunition. The second mechanism for support is by a contribution to the EUMAM UA.
The mission is intended to contribute to an enhancement of the military capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces for the effective conduct of operations for the purpose of enabling Ukraine to defend its territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and to exercise effectively its sovereignty and protect its civilian population, the Council of Ministers says in its reasoning for the draft resolution.
The MPs also approved a bill to ratify an Agreement between the Bulgarian and the Ukrainian defence ministries regarding the gratuitous provision of armaments, materiel and ammunition.
Defence Committee Chair Hristo Gadjev MP of GERB-UDF commented to journalists that the Council of Ministers had done its job, had implemented the National Assembly resolution and had promptly taken the first step that two-thirds of the lawmakers had asked for: to start providing military assistance to Ukraine. "The list that we will ratify in plenary is the first step of our continued support for Ukraine together with our allies and for us obtaining replacement materiel in cooperation with them."
Commenting to journalists on the draft resolution, Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov said the armaments that will be supplied to Ukraine will be in line with his conservative approach.
He added that the draft resolution will be tabled at a plenary sitting behind closed doors. In his words, the armaments that Bulgaria will provide are among the top three of the Ukrainian army's priorities.
"After the agreement's [ratification] is decreed by the President, the equipment will be shipped and the Ukrainian side has stated priorities," Stoyanov explained.
He added that the agreement can accommodate other supplies as well.
Ukraine has not asked Bulgaria to repair any of its military equipment, Stoyanov said, adding that there are plans to extend the memorandum adding the option for repair of helicopters.