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 "The very efficient and secure way for Russia to destabilize Europe is through the Balkans, so that is what Mr Putin is focusing on," - Bulgarian President

The EU and NATO should do more to counter the rising threat of Russian aggression.

President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev said in the interview to The Independent in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Censor.NET reports.

"Russia has trained its sights on the Balkans to wage a "hybrid warfare" campaign aimed at destabilizing the whole of Europe," the President of Bulgaria has warned.

Rosen Plevneliev accuses Moscow of launching massive cyber attacks on Bulgaria's government institutions and increasingly testing Bulgaria's airspace in the wake of the annexation last year of Crimea, on the other side of the Black Sea.

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"The very efficient and secure way for Russia to destabilise Europe is through the Balkans, so that is what Mr Putin is focusing on. Our message to the EU, the Secretary General of NATO, our partners and Western allies is that the Balkans should be in the very heart of European security policy. Do more for us in order to do more for yourselves," he said.

"Starting on Oct. 25, websites of the council of ministers of parliament and of the central election committee have been heavily attacked through cyber capabilities in an unprecedented way," he said.

Pointing the finger firmly at Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, he said: "There are very few countries in the world that can organize such attacks."

He says that the attacks formed the latest assault in what is widely described as hybrid warfare on Western countries using direct and indirect aggression.

Mr Plevneliev said NATO senior partners were not being forceful enough in responding to Russia's "hybrid warfare" approach that, he says, is focused on the Balkans.

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