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Sociologist Kancho Stoychev: A unified position would strengthen ties within government

Sociologist Kancho Stoychev: A unified position would strengthen ties within government

9 March 2018 | 11:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. A unified position of the government, different from any thoughtless statements, would strengthen ties between those in power, sociologist Kancho Stoychev told FOCUS Radio with regard to tension within United Patriots after the visit by Russian Patriarch Kirill to Bulgaria and related statements by Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov. According to Kancho Stoychev, statements like Simeonov’s are unacceptable and far from personal opinion. He expects a reaction from Russia. “The true interpretation of the events is that, regardless of the intentions and motivation, the lives of Russian soldiers and officers did help for Bulgaria’s freedom. Any further interpretations are unnecessary. People may like the Patriarch or not, which is personal matter, but from a Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria, the statement was not only scandalous and unacceptable but had nothing to do with politics. Just as by insulting the pope one insults hundreds of millions of people, the same was done by that man because of some personal judgement. He may make whatever judgments he’d like if he was an ordinary citizen, but he represents the state,” the sociologist said. In his view, politicians should not interfere and take a stance on statements by clerics.
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GERB wants President Radev to declassify record of meeting with Russian Patriarch

GERB wants President Radev to declassify record of meeting with Russian Patriarch

8 March 2018 | 14:05 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. MPs for Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB) want the record of the meeting between Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Russian Patriarch Kirill to be declassified. This would clear any doubts that Bulgaria’s national position was defended at the meeting, Toma Bikov from the ruling party said at a briefing in the Parliament, quoted by FOCUS News Agency. “We respect the Russian army, we are grateful that it waged a war in the name of Bulgarian freedom, but Bulgarian volunteers also participated in it, as did people from other nationalities,” the MP said.
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Prof. Mihail Konstantinov: Much fuss about Russian Patriarch’s words

Prof. Mihail Konstantinov: Much fuss about Russian Patriarch’s words

8 March 2018 | 12:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There has been unnecessary fuss about the words of Russian Patriarch Kirill, political analyst Prof. Mihail Konstantinov told FOCUS Radio about Kirill’s bitterness over Bulgarian state officials paying tribute to people of other nationalities who died fighting for Bulgaria’s liberation and the reaction by Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov. “The Russian Patriarch represents the Russian Church. Like in Bulgaria, the Church in Russia is separated from the state. The Russian Patriarch says something. We may or may not agree with it as in this case. Unnecessary fuss. As for Valeri Simeonov’s speaking a bit sharper than he should, I think he knows it himself,” the analyst said. Commenting on the tension within the United Patriots after Simeonov’s comments, Prof. Konstantinov said that the information the deputy prime minister talked about was available in Russian newspapers.
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Fifth day of protests in Skopje against name deal. June 18, 2018;
Fifth day of protests in Skopje against name deal. June 18, 2018;

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