Bulgarian MFA calls out Russian ambassador for "serious conversation"

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia declared two members of the Bulgarian embassy non grata last week in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Sofia
16:25, 29 April 2021

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Ekaterina Zakharieva
Open source

Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry is calling out Russia's ambassador to Bulgaria for a "serious conversation". The Bulgarian TV channel NOVA reports that, citing Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Ekaterina Zakharieva.

Related: Russia calls expulsion of 18 diplomats from Czech Republic "tricks"

"We will have a very serious conversation with the Russian ambassador to Bulgaria. The conversation in diplomacy itself is also an action. We react every time the interests of Bulgaria are violated. There will certainly be action. We are doing analyzes and we will announce our decision soon," Ekaterina Zakharieva said.

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.

Related: Czech Republic asks UK, other allies to expel Russian diplomats in solidarity

"We want to develop tourism with Russia and have equal relations, but this should not happen at the cost of Bulgaria's national security," the Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

According to her, the explosions in ammunition factories in Bulgary cannot happen without the knowledge at the highest level in Russia.

As a reminder, 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. The Russian GRU officers were charged with involvement in an ammunition explosion in the village of Vrbetice in 2014. The explosion led to numerous destructions and the deaths of two locals. 

Related: Hungary not to expel Russian diplomats over Czech spy scandal

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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