Let us recall the South Stream gas pipeline, which was supposed to pass through the territory of Bulgaria and at the same time bring considerable benefits to the country. Sofia refused to participate in the project after Russia began to pull the pipe.
This was followed by an incident with the construction of the Belene NPP, which ended in a trial. And, finally, Bulgaria became the only country that closed the airspace of our aircraft with humanitarian cargo for Syria.
Russia, despite all this negativity, agreed to lay the “Turkish stream” along the Bulgarian territory. However, the "partners", who promised to do everything on time, again took up their own. Sofia again began to tighten the gasket.
In addition to delaying the construction of the gas pipeline, the “brotherly” Sofia managed to accuse two Russian diplomats of espionage and put on the wanted list three of our citizens who allegedly (there is no evidence) poisoned Bulgarian businessmen.
The climax of this action was the statement by Bulgaria about a twofold reduction in the volume of purchases of our gas and the transition to American LNG. At the same time, Sofia continues to demand discounts from Gazprom.
It is worth noting that such an attitude towards partners is typical for modern Bulgaria. That is why most investors do not want to deal with an “unreliable" country.
However, Russia is patient. And this excerpt allows us to win the most complex geopolitical confrontations. So it will be this time.