Bulgaria is a member of NATO, but the public fears a Russian invasion.
Two out of three Bulgarians fear that Russia will launch missile and bomb attacks on targets in Bulgaria, while more than half are worried that Russia might occupy them.
This is reported Euractiv.
According to the poll, three out of four Bulgarians fear the use of nuclear weapons, while 54% say they fear a possible Russian occupation, and 62% fear rocket and bomb attacks on various targets.
This may explain why the country does not support anti-Moscow policies and why Bulgarian society wants to take a neutral stance on the war in Ukraine.
At the same time, only 10% say they know the history of Bulgarian-Russian relations, and 80% are not sure of their knowledge, which creates a fertile ground for Russian propaganda and distortion of historical facts.
The poll also indicates that 50.3% expect NATO to help if Bulgaria experiences aggression, but only 41% support Bulgaria’s NATO membership, while 33% are against it.
61% of Bulgarians do not know that Russia opposed the unification of Bulgarian territories in 1885, and 42% of people are sure that the USSR did not declare war on Bulgaria. The country was occupied by the Red Army from 1944 to 1947, after which Bulgaria was under communist dictatorship for the next 45 years.