Bulgaria could take control over Macedonia airspace when the country joins NATO and if the Alliance entrusts it with this task, reports Bulgarian portal “News”, citing the portal “Press”.

Official Sofia could undertake this task if it purchases new multipurpose fighter jets and if Macedonia agrees Bulgaria to take over the security of its airspace.

As “News” reports, this can become a reality if the National Assembly of Bulgaria adopts the Program for development of defense capabilities of the Bulgarian armed forces by 2020, which is put on public debate.

Member states of the Alliance keep the airspace of allies with no combat aviation, such as the sky over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which is kept by the rest of NATO members in rotation.

Bulgarian portal reports that Bulgaria for several years now performs radar surveillance of Macedonian airspace as an air operations center for NATO.