Central Europe and the Crimea from a Bulgarian Perspective

International Breakfast  Apr 16
Our featured speaker was H.E. Mr. Milen Lyutskonov, Consul-General of Bulgaria. His topic was  "Central Europe and the Crimea from a Bulgarian Perspective."

Milen Lyutskanov, Consul General of Bulgaria in New York was appointed  to represent his country in New York. He is a career diplomats with extensive service. Before his current post in New York, Milen Lyutskanov was Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of the Bulgarian mission to NATO. Lyutskanov was also Deputy Foreign Minister.
The President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev is following with concern the development of the situation in Ukraine after Russia’s Upper House of Parliament adopted a decree which allows the usage of Russian armed forces in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

The Head of State has said more than once that the only lasting solution may be achieved by peaceful means and if the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine is guaranteed. The usage of military force to occupy foreign territories is violation of the rules of international law.

The President calls on the UN Security Council and the countries-guarantors of the security in Ukraine, in compliance with the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, to ensure a peaceful solution to the problem and to avoid a further escalation of the tension.

In May 2014 presidential elections are due to be held in Ukraine. The people of Ukraine should alone decide what their future should be in a democratic way.

If necessary, the President will convene the Consultative Council for National Security.