SOFIA, (BM) – Bulgaria could help protect its southwestern neighbour North Macedonia’s airspace if it completes a deal for the purchase of eight F-16 aircraft from the United States, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Reuters.
“We spoke with (my) colleague (North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran) Zaev last week… to guard North Macedonia’s airspace when we acquire the new jets,” Borissov told reporters.
“Тhis will be good for them and for us.”
The official U.S. proposal to sell F-16 fighter jets to the Balkan country is expected to arrive within a week, Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said on Tuesday.
The expected deal for Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block 70 would be the Black Sea state’s biggest military procurement since the end of Communist rule in 1989.
North Macedonia hopes to become NATO’s 30th member next year and also expects shortly to secure a date to start EU accession talks following a deal with Greece to change its name from Macedonia. Athens had previously blocked the ex-Yugoslav republic’s efforts to join the two organisations.
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Translator editor: Monika Evgenieva