Bulgaria expels 70 Russian diplomats

site.btaUPDATED Russian Ambassador Says Moscow Considers Severing Relations with Bulgaria

Russian Ambassador Says Moscow Considers Severing Relations with Bulgaria
Russian Ambassador Says Moscow Considers Severing Relations with Bulgaria
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Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova told the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) Thursday that Moscow is considering severing diplomatic relations with Bulgaria over the expulsion of 70 diplomats and embassy staff from Bulgaria. A BNT interview with Mitrofanova aired during the BNT central evening newscast.

"Moscow will take drastic measures. This cannot remain without consequences," the diplomat said when she was asked about her country's response to the expulsion of the diplomats.

She denied the accusations that the 70 diplomats have worked against the interests of Bulgaria. "What does that mean? An embassy works first of all for the interests of its own country. And for the advancement of relations with the host country. But when this [expulsion] list includes a minister plenipotentiary who is a Bulgarian studies expert, knows the [local] language, knows lots of people, or the consuls general who work in the country and half of Bulgaria knows them…"

Mitrofanova dismissed accusations of espionage for Russia by a Bulgarian general and a Russian diplomat, announced by the Bulgarian Prosecution Service in March. "No evidence had been collected," she said.

She used strong words against outgoing Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and said he "was assigned the task of expelling every Russian", that he is "a rootless person and does not get it". "If he had changed his rhetoric and did not speak the way he did, I believe he would have had a very long political life," said Mitrofanova.

She said she would not withdraw from Bulgaria in the name of a compromise in bilateral relations. 

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