View of the building of the Russian embassy in Bulgaria
Bulgaria has reduced to zero the possibility of the work of the Russian embassy, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the air of the Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov program, TASS reports.
“Below, they themselves simply reduced to a minimum, and possibly even to zero, not just normal <…>, but some kind of functioning of the diplomatic mission, after all, it must somehow function,” — said Zakharova.
She explained that Bulgaria had expelled almost all the technical staff of the Russian embassy.
On June 28, Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov announced the decision to expel 70 Russian diplomats. He stated that most of the expelled employees worked for the special services, and their diplomatic work was a cover. The diplomatic mission denied these accusations.
The Russian Embassy announced that the Russian consular services will suspend work due to a lack of staff. Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova later said that Moscow was considering breaking off relations with Sofia. She warned that she would raise the issue of closing the embassy with the Russian authorities.
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