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Bulgaria declares another Russian diplomat persona non grata

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Bulgarian MFA requested the law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation to provide full assistance to the Bulgarian authorities in investigating the explosions in Bulgarian arms depots and poisoning of three Bulgarian citizens
14:15, 30 April 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Ekaterina Zakharieva
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria declared another Russian diplomat a persona non grata. The press service of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry reported this.

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Besides, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria requested the law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation to provide full assistance to the Bulgarian authorities in investigating the explosions in Bulgarian arms depots, destroying material evidence in a fire and poisoning of three Bulgarian citizens so that the perpetrators can be identified and brought to justice.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zakharieva held an in-depth and serious conversation with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sofia.

“Bulgaria wishes to maintain equal and mutually beneficial relations with Russia and in this regard insists on active and effective assistance from the Russian side to clarify the circumstances surrounding the incidents on our territory,” Zakharieva said.

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Bulgaria's top diplomat said the Foreign Ministry reserved the right to retaliate and urged the ambassador to suspend actions incompatible with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

As it was reported earlier, Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry called out Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria for a "serious conversation." On April 28, it became clear that a Russian trace is being investigated in the explosions in ammunition factories in our country. The prosecution compared four such cases in which similarities were observed. They have happened in the last 10 years.

In March, Bulgarian security officials exposed a spy network that had been working for Russia. 

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

Previously, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamacek decided to expel from the Czech Republic 18 Russian diplomats who are suspected of work for special services of the Russian Federation. 

Later, the Bulgarian trader and arms manufacturer Emilian Gebrev admitted that he kept ammunition in a Czech weapons depot, as well as the sending of military equipment to Ukraine after 2014.

In 2015, Gebrev was poisoned. Eventually, the Bulgarian prosecutor's office accused three GRU officers in early 2020.

 

 

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