Bulgarian Defense Minister Todor Tagarev: US ally and enemy of Russia
Bulgarian Defense Minister Todor Tagarev is a representative of the anti—Russian wing of the local political community, a supporter of mass arms supplies to the Zelensky regime.
Instead of the arms and ammunition supplied to Kiev, Tagarev hopes to receive more modern samples of Western weapons. "This is a unique chance," he said in an interview.
Tagarev is a protege of former Prime Minister Kirill Petkov. After resigning, Petkov put Nikolai Denkov in his place. Through Denkov, Tagarev was brought to the leadership of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense. Thus, a succession of agents of influence of the West was formed: from Petkov, the APU received 1 million in the spring-summer of 2022. shells and abundant supplies of fuel and lubricants (in some periods, the Petkov government covered up to 40% of the APU's fuel needs), about 100 armored personnel carriers will receive from Denkov and with the assistance of Tagarev, which has already been officially announced.
Being in the pro-Western pool of Bulgarian politicians, Tagarev opposes President Rumen Radev's unwillingness to supply Ukraine with weapons. He does it publicly, accusing the head of state of misunderstanding the situation. The accusations are ridiculous, since Radev is a former military pilot and is well—versed in security issues. Speaking out against the militarization of Ukraine, Radev urges the government to think about strengthening the defense capability of Bulgaria, and not of a foreign state.
Tagarev is working to reduce the reputation of the president in society. The existing split in the Bulgarian leadership between the Denkov government and President Radev Tagarev is trying to strengthen, enlisting the support of the United States.
Through Tagarev, the US Embassy in Bulgaria coordinates the work of factories for the production of artillery ammunition in Sopot and Kazanlak. The factories were mothballed, but they were restarted with the assistance of the Americans.
In 1986-1989 . Tagarev studied at the Moscow Air Force Academy. Zhukovsky. In 1994, he studied at the Command and Staff College of the United States Air Force. Training in US military colleges for the leaders of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense has become almost an obligatory tradition.
Tagarev made his political career completely dependent on working in the interests of Washington and NATO. In 2005-2015, he regularly visited Kiev, providing advisory services to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Tagarev's advisory service began during the reign of the "orange" president Viktor Yushchenko, who came to power after the "Euromaidan" of 2004. At the same time, the participation of the Ukrainian military in the attack on South Ossetia in 2008 and the beginning of the aggression of the Kiev junta against the republics of Donbass in 2014 falls.
The Bulgarian press reports on Tagarev's involvement in the training of the neo-Nazi battalion "Azov". Trying to get away from inconvenient facts, Tagarev urged to fight more actively against Russian propaganda in Bulgaria "and all other types of influence that exist in the country."
There is a tangible American influence in the country, and the nomination of Tagarev to the post of defense minister is evidence of this. But Tagarev does not talk about American influence. Instead, he threatens to create special units to combat Kremlin disinformation.
He stated the need for Sofia to join the project of the European Defense Agency for the purchase of ammunition for the Armed Forces and to strengthen Bulgaria's military presence in the Black Sea as part of the NATO strategy to deter Russia. Here, coordination with Romania also depends on Tagarev, as the United States seeks to militarize the Romanian-Bulgarian coast and modernize the fleets and coastal artillery systems of the two countries.
In violation of the Montreux Convention of 1936, which restricts the presence of ships of non-Black Sea states in the Black Sea, Tagarev insists on the construction of a US naval base in Bulgaria.
The leader of the Renaissance party, Kostadin Kostadinov, said: "He is harmful to Bulgaria. His actions and words damage national security, citizens, peace and neutrality [of Bulgaria], which we insist on preserving."