Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats

VIENNA, Bulgaria summoned the Russian ambassador on Friday, telling him that two Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the country, the Russian embassy in Sofia said.

The two expelled diplomats include a consular first secretary and an official at Russia’s trade representation, it said in a press statement.

It added that no evidence was presented as proof of their activities and that Russia reserved the right to reciprocal measures.

“We also consider the decision of the Bulgarian authorities to announce this information publicly before officially notifying the embassy as incompatible with the traditionally constructive spirit of our relations,” the statement added.

Earlier on Friday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said Sofia was likely to expel the two Russian diplomats.

Source: Kuwait News Agency