President Radev Calls for Military Training for Bulgaria’s Youth – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

President Rumen Radev emphasized the need for initial military training for Bulgaria‘s youth during his participation in the Fourth National Assembly of the Reserve Army in Stara Zagora. He noted that NATO allies are reinstating conscription, sparking the need for a national debate on this issue. Radev highlighted that the current geopolitical climate and the war Read more…

Rear Support for Ukraine: Estonia Weighs Troop Deployment – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

The Estonian government is actively considering the deployment of troops to western Ukraine for rear support roles, aiming to alleviate Ukrainian forces from non-direct combat duties and enable them to focus on frontline engagements. According to Tallinn’s national security advisor to the president, Madis Roll, discussions are underway, with the executive branch Read more…

Bulgarian Defense Minister: No Political Decision Yet on Conscription Return – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Amid growing concerns over security in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine, Bulgaria‘s Acting Minister of Defense, Atanas Zapryanov, has addressed the issue of conscription, stating that while it is being discussed, no political decision has been reached as of yet. Zapryanov’s remarks came during discussions in Parliament regarding military formations and structures to Read more…

Not If, but When: US Expects Iran to Attack Israel Soon – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

The United States and its allies are concerned about a potential attack by Iran or its proxies on military and government targets in Israel. The attack, believed to be imminent, would be in response to the killing of Iranian generals in Damascus, escalating the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. There is uncertainty regarding the origin of Read more…

Bulgarian Armed Forces Set for Thorough Modernization, Says Deputy Defence Minister – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Deputy Defence Minister Atanas Zapryanov revealed the plans for the thorough modernisation of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, estimating a budget exceeding BGN 37 billion. Speaking at a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of Bulgaria‘s NATO membership, held at Sofia’s Central Military Club, Zapryanov emphasized the critical need for investment in defence capabilities. The three-day forum, commencing Read more…

Bulgaria’s Arms Imports Skyrocket – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria has experienced a staggering increase in arms imports, rising by 920% between 2019 and 2023 compared to the period of 2014 to 2018. This significant surge in arms procurement was revealed in a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), highlighting a notable shift in Bulgaria‘s defense strategy. The SIPRI report also shed light on Read more…