This article seeks to give counterarguments against the claims of some political scientists that Moscow continued to exercise control over the foreign-policy decision-making process in Bulgaria even after the country left the Soviet sphere of influence in the early 1990s. To this end, the term Russian factor is used in the light of Bulgaria’s post-Communist “distancing” from the Russian Federation and its integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. Dwelling on some examples taken from the diplomatic practice of Sofia–Moscow bilateral relations, the author has tried to prove that soon after the end of the Cold War, the “Russian dominance” gave way to the much more attractive idea of Bulgaria’s pro-Western spatial reorientation.
The “Russian Factor” in Bulgarian Foreign Policy in the Years of Post-Communist Transition
Irina Konstantinova Yakimova works as a research associate at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Bulgaria at the Institute of Historical Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Sofia. The author holds an MA degree in international relations and a PhD in the contemporary history of Bulgaria. Her research interests include the contemporary history of Bulgaria, Cold War history, and contemporary geopolitics.
Irina Konstantinova Yakimova; The “Russian Factor” in Bulgarian Foreign Policy in the Years of Post-Communist Transition. Hiperboreea 1 June 2022; 9 (1): 95–111. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/hiperboreea.9.1.0095
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