Addressing the 34th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Sochi Saturday, Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said: "Bulgaria has always been a leading factor in strengthening cooperation in the Black Sea region. We will always support projects and ideas designed to achieve useful and effective results for the region."
The Foreign Ministry also quoted Mitov as saying that the BSEC should stick to its role as a regional platform for economic dialogue among the Member States and should strengthen its capacity for implementing major joint projects. Stability and security in the Black Sea region can be boosted by effectively using BSEC's economic instruments and attracting more international investors.
During the meeting Mitov held bilateral meetings with his Russian, Turkish and Moldovan counterparts.
Mitov and Russia's chief diplomat Sergey Lavrov discussed a wide range of aspects of bilateral relations, energy matters and topics on the international agenda.
Mitov said: "Our bilateral relations should develop on the basis of equality and our shared interests, regardless of the differences in certain areas."