Bulgaria is among those EU member states which are opposed to imposing unilateral, large-scale sanctions against Russia, prime minister Plamen Oresharski said, as quoted by the Bulgarian News Agency, BTA.
"I am not saying that we will firmly oppose [such sanctions], but rather that we will try to debate a package of sanctions and compensatory mechanism," Oresharski told journalists in Brussels, where he was attending a European Council meeting. "Most probably Bulgaria will turn out to be part of a large group of countries that are against unilateral and large-scale sanctions. I am convinced that the EU will find a balanced and strong solution to the challenge with Crimea."
The Bulgarian prime minister also said he believes not all EU member states are ready with an assessment of the sanctions' impact, adding that he is sceptical that a conclusive decision on wider economic sanctions will be adopted.