On Thursday, while speaking to deputies of the People's Assembly (parliament of the country), Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov spoke against the war in Iraq. According to Parvanov, "military operations are unacceptable in the 21st century when global problems and challenges facing the mankind request unification and not separation or confrontation between countries and peoples."
After WWII, the Soviet army left Austria, and the latter had always remained a neutral state and never joined NATO
Russia experienced default on August 17, 1998. Today, 20 years after those events, the economic situation in Russia does not seem stable to many