US delays F-16 fighter jets over trust issues with Bulgaria

The delay in delivering the new American F-16 fighter jets may be due to a lack of trust in the Bulgarian authorities, which have not proven that they can reliably protect NATO secrets, two former Bulgarian defence ministers have said.

The two said this during the international conference ‘The War in Ukraine and the Risks for the Western Balkans’ organised by Bulgarian MEP Radan Kanev and EURACTIV Bulgaria. The event also had a panel on the security risks of the EU and Bulgaria.

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