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In november 2018, a contract was signed for major overhaul of fourteen Su-25s from the Bulgarski Voenno Vzdushni Sili (BVVS, Bulgarian Air Force) by the 558th Aviation Repair Plant in Baranavichy (Belarus). The overhaul contract is worth USD 85,5 million (73,6 million Euro’s) exluding VAT.
In December 2018, an amount of USD 45,7 million (41 million Euro’s) was transferred by the Bulgarian Ministery of Defense but this money did not reach Belarus. Deputy Minister of Defense of Bulgaria Anatoly Valichkov said: “The Ministery of Defense paid the funds in December, but they were returned because of the policy of the correspondent bank that was supposed to make the transfer”.
In February 2019, the European Union (EU) extended the embargo for the year on the supply of weapons and means to Belarus which can be used for internal repression. Banks are quite scrupulous about issues that are associated with sanctions and restrictions. According the Bulgarian MoD this case has nothing to do with violation of sanctions and or restrictions because this is temporarily exported. At the moment this issue is beïng worked out at the level of foreign ministeries.
For several months The 558th Aviation Repair Plant in Baranivichy is ready to start the major overhaul on the Bulgarian Su-25s but are waiting on the transfer of the money.