Lavrov: Decision to expel Russian diplomats linked to Washington’s pressure on Sofia
MOSCOW, July 4 – RIA Novosti. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the decision to expel 70 employees of the Russian embassy in Bulgaria was linked to Washington’s pressure on Sofia.
“This is not an independent decision of the acting prime minister, who has a completely clear and unambiguous pro-American orientation, he is ready to fulfill any request of his sovereign,” the minister said at a news conference. Said. He explained that “the wishes of the monarch are to destroy the historical memory of the Bulgarians, to destroy the basis of relations that have hardened in the joint struggle for independence and in many other cases, including recent history.”
“Washington’s policy is not only valid for Bulgaria, they want to kill the historical memory of other peoples in the Balkans, especially the Orthodox peoples, by the way,” he said. said. According to him, the decision was taken “with surprise by the leadership of the country” even in Bulgaria.
Lavrov noted that this decision “was not based on the procedures established in Bulgaria for such sudden actions”.
Retired Prime Minister Kiril Petkov announced at the end of June that 70 Russian diplomats allegedly working in the security services were expelled from Bulgaria, covering up their diplomatic activities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that a verbal note with the names of 70 employees of the diplomatic mission was delivered to Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova.