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Bulgaria and NATO
Formal contacts between NATO and Bulgaria began in 1990, with a Declaration of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accepting the invitation extended by NATO to establish regular diplomatic liaison mission at the Alliance Headquarters in Brussels.
This was the beginning of the political dialogue, practical cooperation and reform efforts that resulted in the invitation of Bulgaria to join NATO.
What does Bulgaria bring to NATO?
In a video interview for the NATO Web site, Emil Valev, Bulgarian Ambassador to NATO, explains that along with expecting benefits, Bulgaria is ready to share responsibilities.
"Strategically, Bulgaria's NATO membership would help keep the instability in the Western Balkans at bay and entail lower costs for the NATO-led missions in the region," he says.