SOFIA, (BM) – The contract for the purchase of eight new US F-16 fighter aircraft has to enter for approval by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
For that Prime Minister Boyko Borissov hinted at the GERB Congress on Sunday, and later the former deputy chairman of the party, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, announced this on his Facebook profile.
“However, let us not miss a very important news from today – Prime Minister Borissov has announced that on Wednesday the draft decision for the purchase of F-16 aircraft from the US enters a meeting of the Council of Ministers. After the ratification in the Bulgarian Parliament, too, our country will give another clear signal for its Euro-Atlantic affiliation,“ Tsvetanov wrote.
Sources from the Ministry of Defence and GERB confirmed that it was planned the report on contract signing to be approved at the regular session of the government, but they were not confident at 100% that it would happen exactly this Wednesday. In order to become a fact, the contract must also be ratified by the Parliament.
Two billion and 200 million leva wants the US to supply eight F-16 fighter aircraft, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced in Brussels on June 20, quoted by the Bulgarian National Radio. Bulgaria plans to pay the full amount. Part of the money will be issued as a state loan. Since then, the terms of the contract have been negotiated, and the amount may decrease a little.
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Tranclator editor: Monika Evgenieva