British soldiers enter Bulgaria en route to Romania for exercise

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-31 22:15:58|Editor: ying
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SOFIA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Over 280 British soldiers with nearly 170 military and auxiliary vehicles entered Bulgaria on Wednesday via Kapitan Petko Voyvoda checkpoint at the country's southeastern border with Greece while en route to Romania, officials said.

The troops, belonging to the NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), would spend one night in Novo Selo Training Area, one of the four U.S.-Bulgarian joint military bases in the Balkan country, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry said on its website.

On Thursday, they would enter Romania to participate in the "active part" of the exercise Noble Jump 2017, which would be held from June 8 to June 14 at the Cincu training area in central Romania, the ministry said.

In addition, from Friday to Sunday more than 220 Spanish soldiers with over 100 military and auxiliary vehicles as well as 145 Albanian soldiers with 18 vehicles, would also enter Bulgaria from Greece to participate in the same exercise in Romania, the ministry said.

The Bulgarian Armed Forces would test their capabilities for logistic support of NATO's formations on such a scale for the first time, the ministry said.

"The results will be used in the development of a national system for maintenance of allied and foreign forces on the territory of the country," the ministry said.

Bulgaria has been a NATO member since 2004.