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(DF) PM Petkov Holds Video Conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

February 2 (BTA) – Prime Minister Kiril Petkov held a video conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Government information service reported here on Wednesday. The two discussed the current developments related to the continuing Russian military buildup near the border with Ukraine. Petkov and Stoltenberg shared the view that the diplomatic efforts at de-escalation must continue, while the Alliance remains ready for a possible deterioration of the situation. Petkov told the NATO chief about the Bulgarian Government’s decision to contribute to the collective defence through the formation of a Bulgarian battalion, with the possibility of NATO members making up for any deficits, if needed. The leading principle in NATO, which is that every decision must be supported by the public and the government in the relevant member state, was once again reiterated during the conversation. RY/MY /МЙ/