“On March 3rd back in 1878, were laid the foundations of the modern, 3rd Bulgarian state – the successor of medieval Bulgaria – established in the 7th century. The liberation took place thanks to the decisive role of Russia, empowered by the other great powers, to finally bring justice to the Bulgarian people, who had been fighting valiantly for their freedom. Thus, the liberation of Bulgaria put an end to a long political crisis – the so called Eastern question. We have not forgotten that alongside the Russian army, the fighting force included Romanians, Ukrainians, Byelorussians, Serbs, Montenegrins, Finns and, of course, the Bulgarian volunteer corps.
In the past couple of years Bulgaria and Romania proved yet again that they are good neighbors and partners. Evidence of this is the intensive high level dialogue, the enhanced economic cooperation and the daily human contacts. Together, our two nations, as responsible members of the EU and NATO, demonstrated that they share and defend common goals and vision.
Today we are confronted with new challenges. The migration wave and the complex situation in the vicinity of the European borders are putting to a test the will, resilience and the solidarity among the European nations.
It is our belief that with joint efforts we – the European nations – will find the right solutions and shall overcome the challenges of today and tomorrow”.