If Bulgaria does not cancel the decision to expel the diplomats, Russia will face the issue of closing the embassy, the statement of the Russian representative office says
The decision of the Bulgarian authorities to expel 70 employees of the Russian embassy from the country will lead to extremely difficult consequences for relations two countries, the Russian diplomatic mission said in a statement.
Declaring as persona non grata and unacceptable persons 70 employees of Russian diplomatic institutions in Bulgaria is an “unprecedented, slanderous, completely unfounded and provocative act,” the report says.
“The Russian side completely denies these accusations,” — cites a statement from the TASS embassy.
If Sophia refuses to withdraw the note of expulsion, the Russian authorities will face the question of closing the embassy. “In this case, the responsibility for the extremely grave consequences for relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Bulgaria will fall entirely on the Bulgarian side,” — says the statement.
The decision of the Bulgarian authorities to expel 70 Russian diplomats on June 28 was reported by the BNR agency with reference to the acting Prime Minister Kirill Petkov. The Russian embassy said that they are diplomats, including the adviser— Russian envoy Filipp Voskresensky, and technical staff.
Petkov explained the decision to expel him by the fact that most of the diplomats worked, according to him, for special services under cover. He also said that the plane with Russian diplomats should leave the country on July 3.
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This is not the first time this year that the Bulgarian authorities have announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. On March 2, two diplomats were declared persona non grata because they were allegedly engaged in “intelligence”. On March 18, the Bulgarian authorities decided to expel ten more diplomats, and in early April— first secretary of the Russian embassy, against whom a case of espionage was initiated in Bulgaria.
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