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Bulgaria, Romania "among US closest allies"
March 30, 2004
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Posted by HW on May 29, 2017

Backing Bush
Bulgaria and Romania, two former communist countries that joined NATO are among US closest allies in the war in Iraq and are still behind Washington despite all doubts concerning that war.
That was written in an analysis published by AFP news agency. Unlike the other US allies, Bulgaria and Romania backed US President George Bush reasons for the war, the analysis reads on.

Right position
Bulgaria's Deputy Foreign Minister Lyubomir Ivanov said that in his opinion the country's position was the right one. He also pointed out that Bulgaria has made considerable efforts to find a compromise, but Saddam Hussein's regime was reluctant to cooperate.

Logical reaction
Romanian political expert Kornel Kodica thinks that the pro American position of the two neighbouring countries was "a logical reaction", as for years they have been in a geographical isolation from Western Europe. In his words Bulgaria and Romania are positive that they were invited to NATO due to US and are especially grateful for that.
Bulgaria and Romania now will keep their peacekeeping units in Iraq intact, despite Spain's decision to withdraw from the country.

Hosting US bases
The two Balkan countries are anxious to host US bases if Washington decides to relocate its European structures, AFP article goes on. Bulgaria's Deputy Foreign Minister Lyubomir Ivanov pointed out that if US bases were deployed in Bulgaria it would increase the region's security and would speed up the modernization of the Bulgarian army.
 
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