After the expulsion of 70 diplomats, the Russian embassy in Bulgaria cannot operate normally, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. He noted that Moscow will reciprocate Sofia. According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the leadership of Bulgaria itself was surprised by the decision of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov to expel.
“As for the actual state of affairs on earth, so to speak, the people whom Bulgaria illegally expelled, declaring persona non grata, most of them ensured the vital activity of our diplomatic mission. Now, after this trick, completely illegal, in our opinion, the embassy is not able to work normally. Naturally, we will reciprocate our Bulgarian colleagues,” Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow (quote from Interfax).
Bulgaria’s parliament voted last week for a vote of no confidence and the resignation of the coalition government. Prime Minister Kiril Petkov accused several politicians of “overthrowing”, including Russian Ambassador to Bulgaria Eleonora Mitrofanova. The outgoing prime minister decided to expel 70 Russian diplomats who left the country on Sunday, July 3.
More on this topic – in the material “Kommersant” “Bulgaria and Russia came to a break.”
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