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Newsline: Russian Envoy To Bulgaria To Ask Moscow To Shut Embassy After Mass Expulsions

Russia’s ambassador to Bulgaria said on Friday she would ask Moscow to close its embassy in the Balkan country after her appeal for Sofia to reverse what she called an unprecedented hostile step to expel 70 Russian diplomatic staff was ignored. In a statement addressed to the Bulgarian people, the ambassador, Eleonora Mitrofanova, said the closure of the Russian embassy would inevitably lead to the closure of Bulgaria’s embassy in Moscow too. Mitrofanova on Thursday told Sofia to reverse its decision by midday on Friday or face the prospect of Moscow ending its physical diplomatic presence in Bulgaria altogether. Petkov earlier on Friday rejected her ultimatum. “Unfortunately our appeal to Bulgaria’s ministry of foreign affairs was ignored,” Mitrofanova wrote in a statement. “I intend to quickly put the question of the closure of Russia’s embassy in Bulgaria before my country’s leadership, which will inevitably mean the closure of the Bulgarian diplomatic mission in Moscow,” she wrote. (https://www.ibtimes.com/russian-envoy-bulgaria-ask-moscow-shut-embassy-after-mass-expulsions-3559346) In Moscow, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s Interfax news agency that the Russian foreign ministry would study the embassy closure idea and report to President Vladimir Putin if necessary.

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  rparvu wrote @

Still, the embassy is not closed …

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