Zelenskyy Arrives in Bulgaria

Thursday, 6 July 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has arrived for a visit to Bulgaria.

The data from website flightradar24 confirms that Bulgarian government's Airbus A-319 took off from Chisinau at 11:06 with the Ukrainian president on board and arrived in Sofia after 12:04.

Mariya Gabriel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, has published a photo of President Zelenskyy's meeting at the airport.

Zelenskyy announced his arrival in the Bulgarian capital on social media.

"Sofia. Bulgaria. I will hold substantial talks with Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov, meet with President Rumen Radev, government officials, parliamentarians, politicians and journalists," Zelenskyy posted on Twitter. 

He has added that defence support, Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration, the NATO summit, security guarantees and the implementation of the peace formula will be in the spotlight of the talks.

On Thursday, 6 July, security measures were strengthened in Sofia due to Zelenskyy's expected arrival.

The last time president of Ukraine visited Bulgaria seven years ago, when Petro Poroshenko was the head of state.

Yesterday, Bulgarian Defence Minister Todor Tagarev confirmed that Zelenskyy's visit was being prepared. He added that he regretted the leak of information to the media.

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