In response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Bulgaria, Russia declared two employees of the embassy of this country in Moscow persona non grata, according to the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"On April 20, the Ambassador of Bulgaria A. Krystin was invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, where he was handed a note from the Ministry about the announcement persona non grata of the first secretary of the consular service of the Embassy of Bulgaria in Russia Nikolai Panayotov and the first secretary of the service for trade and economic issues of the Embassy of Bulgaria in Russia Chavdar Khristozov", the message says.
They must leave Russia within 72 hours.
As noted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this measure "is a response to the unmotivated decision made by the Bulgarian side in March to declare two employees of the Russian Embassy in Sofia persona non grata."
Earlier the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Jan Hamacek decided to expel from the Czech Republic 18 Russian diplomats who are suspected of working for the special services of the Russian Federation.
In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry called the expulsion of diplomats from the country "tricks" and promised retaliatory measures. Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided to expel 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow.