The Bulgarian government ousted two Russian diplomats suspected of espionage. A worker of the Russian embassy in Sofia and the employee of the trade office left the territory of the country, DW reported.
Prior to that, Bulgarian prosecutor's office reported that two Russian diplomats collected classified data in favor of the Russian Federation. One of them appeared to the first secretary in the consulate division of the Russian embassy in Sofia, the other one was a worker of Russia's trade mission.
On January 24, Bulgarian foreign ministry summoned the ambassador. He received the notes of non grata status.
The Russian side called Sofia's decision "openly hostile and provocative", which is "not in line with the constructive and traditionally mutually respective nature of Russian-Bulgarian relations".
A similar case took place in Slovakia, when a Russian diplomat was sent off in December 2018 due to suspicion with espionage.
In November 2019, Russia found itself in the epicenter of the espionage scandal in Serbia.