Fifteen years since becoming a member of the organization, Bulgaria has proven itself a willing NATO Ally, with Bulgarian troops operating with U.S. forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the collapse of the Warsaw Pact in 1991, the Republic of Bulgaria and the United States have cultivated a relationship that is a paradigm of the close ties we enjoy with our NATO Allies. As early as 1993, Bulgaria established a State Partnership Program (SPP) with the Tennessee National Guard, becoming one of the first former eastern-bloc countries to join the program. DipNote»

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