Commenting on media publications that it has been agreed at the NATO defence ministerial that the Alliance will send airborne warning and control system (AWACS) and up to 1,000 servicemen to Bulgaria, Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev, who participates in the forum, said the following on Wednesday, quoted by his Ministry’s press centre:

 

“Possible commitment of AWACS and a specific number of servicemen to Bulgaria was not discussed at today’s meeting. The publications contain figures and facts, which are not based on the discussions and the decisions taken so far.

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s statements before the press and the discussions within the Alliance were related to the possibilities to enhance security in Eastern Europe.

 

It is a well-known fact that the NATO summit in Wales in 2014 took decisions for guaranteeing the security of the allies. After the escalation of the military actions in Syria, NATO responded positively to Turkey’s request for strengthening security measures, including the use of AWACS.”