Prime Minister Boyko Borisov clarified on Thursday his position on the possibility of Bulgaria hosting a hotspot reception centre for refugees.
Borisov dismissed earlier interpretations that he had requested for such a hotspot to be set up in Bulgaria during the extraordinary meeting of the European Council on Wednesday.
At a press conference following the end of the extraordinary summit of EU heads of state or government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Borisov had expressed interest towards hosting such a hotspot in Bulgaria.
Borisov clarified that he had rather requested for Bulgaria to be viewed as a hot spot as it as an external border of the EU which is also subject to a migratory pressure, similarly to Italy, Greece and the other member states experiencing serious migratory pressure.
The Bulgarian prime minister also called on EU leaders to treat Bulgaria on an equal footing with the most heavily affected countries from the refugee crisis.
He also proposed the creation of safe zones in Syria and its neighbouring countries as well as the active involvement of Russia and the US in finding a solution to the conflict.