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Bulgaria Would Face 'Major Crisis' if Black Sea Tensions Worsen.

/Reuters/ Bulgaria would face a amajor crisisa if military tensions in the Black Sea were to worsen, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Friday, after Russiaas capture of three Ukrainian naval ships and its crews last month prompted fears of an escalation.

Ignoring Western condemnation of the incident, Russia says Ukraine illegally entered its waters and is resisting calls to release the vessels and 24 sailors it seized near Russian-annexed Crimea on Nov. 25.

NATO has said it has boosted its presence in the region in response to what it described as Russiaas aggressive actions and CNN reported earlier this week that the United States was preparing to send a warship to the Black Sea.

Borissov said the Black Sea should be afor tourism and pipelines, not shipsa. Bulgaria has 378 km of coastline along the Black Sea.

aThe entry of ships, combined with the entry of such a mighty Russian navy on the other side, will inevitably lead to a major crisis,a Borissov told reporters in parliament.

The premier said that Bulgariaas Black Sea tourist resorts would be badly affected, as would its energy supplies.



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Date:Dec 10, 2018
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