EU should support Bulgaria and other countries

EU should support Bulgaria and other countries

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said that fellow European Union members should provide financial support to Bulgaria and the other countries which are in proximity to Ukraine and continue to take in refugees.

EU countries are not able to individually bear the burden of the refugee crisis as people continue to flee the war in Ukraine, therefore a collective EU response is needed, Petkov said on Thursday ahead of a meeting of EU leaders in Versailles, France, which will discuss the bloc's response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

A common EU grant mechanism needs to be worked out to show that the 27-member bloc is prepared to bear the cost of the record-high gas prices, Petkov said, as quoted in a statement by the government's press office.

Bulgaria must consider a scenario in which Russia completely cuts off natural gas exports, Petkov also. Although this seems unlikely, it might require Bulgaria to stop exporting electricity so as to cope with such an extreme situation.

In its goal to achieve energy independence, Bulgaria is actively working towards completing the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector while also focusing on alternative energy sources such as geothermal or solar, Petkov added.

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