Presidential elections have taken place in Bulgaria and Rumen Radev has already gained more than 59% of the votes.
Oleg Andreev, professor of sociology and international regional studies, told Pravda.Ru about the future president and how sharply the foreign policy will be changing.
I know General Radev, he is a balanced and level-headed man. He won't raise issues on immediate exit of Bulgaria from the EU or NATO. However, he'll be gradually improving relations with Moscow. First of all, this will be trade, second - economy, and the third is culture, education and so on.
General Radev is not a politician, he is a military. He started as a lieutenant, and ended up as a major general. The Bulgarian army was decaying, and Radev was fighting for development of the country's aviation. After the latest conflict with the Defence Minister he didn't stand it and resigned, being Commander of the Bulgarian Air Forces.
General Radev completed three higher educations. A Russian one - he excellently flies on the MiG-29M, combat fighters. The second is a Bulgarian one - at the Academy of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Army, and the third one is American - at the US Maxwell Military Academy. This is a geopolitical, geomilitary, strategic education, where they are taught about the NATO-US-Russia-former USSR balance of forces. They often ask whether he is a pro-American or pro-Russian. My answer: he is a pro-Bulgarian. He knows extremely well the sate of affairs in the Armed Forces of Russia, NATO and US.
I'd also like to highlight his balanced cultural level. Apart from the Bulgarian, he speaks fluently the Russian, English and German languages.
He doesn't resemble at all the former president Rosen Plevneliev. That was a Mr Bean-like man, who is bowing before others, has no personal opinion, is neither fish nor fowl. Radev is a man of deeds, a military commander. It's a person who has his own opinion.
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