Bulgarian president Gheorghi Parvanov declared on Tuesday that Bulgaria must reopen the closed reactors at the Kozlodui nuclear plant, Novinite informs. The decision comes after Russia decided to cease the natural gas deliveries though the pipelines that cross the Ukrainian territory. On Tuesday morning, the pipelines delivering gas to the Balkans region were shut down.

The announcement made by Parvanov refers to the 3rd reactor at Kozlodui, which was shut down, together with the 4th reactor, as part of the treaty between Bulgaria and the European Union. In the accession treaty, the 36th article says that the reactors may be reopened in case of an energy crisis.