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My biggest mistake was to believe war is a thing of the past. Truth is that war has always been a part of the future.

Solomon Pasi, president of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria

Do not interpret my criticism as a desire to topple the government.

President Rumen Radev

If the most Russia dependent country with the lowest per capita GDP in the EU can afford to stand up to Putin, everyone should be able to stand up to Putin.

Prime Minister Kiril Petkov in the New York Times

Mr Radev's position that if we provide weapons to Ukraine we will prolong the conflict is a disgrace.

Asen Vasilev, Finance Minister

Now some sissy rants about the dog I gave to Putin and the gas. Are you not ashamed? We did it for the people. Bulgarians love dogs... Now you cuddle spitzes, small dogs that do not look like dogs... spaniels, bologneses... and there was no Bulgarian breed. And when Putin came, he was prime minister back then, when he saw the dog, it leapt onto his legs. He cuddled it and took it. I told him, if you are going to take care of it, I will give it to you. Otherwise, I love it like a child, I would not give it to you. And he says, I promise I will take care of it. Let him deny it. Several days later I called him. I say: Hey, do not tear it apart it to seek chips and bugs, it is a precious soul, do not touch it.

Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on the Karakachan dog he gave to Putin and Bulgaria's gas dependency on Russia

Bulgaria's biggest problem is that all governments have protected Gazprom's monopoly.

Sasho Donchev, CEO of Overgas, on Bulgaria's energy dependency from Russia

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