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SOFIA, October 25 (Itar-Tass) — The openness of new visa centres in Russia helped double the flow of Russian tourists to Bulgaria, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said.
In an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass and the Rossiya 24 television channel on Thursday, Borisov said: “I’ve recently talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to his data, trade turnover between our countries has increased by about 12 percent this year.”
“Certainly, tourism ranks first. A total of 27 visa centres, which issue electronic visas to Russian citizens, operate in Russia that is why two times as many Russians will be able to arrive in Bulgaria this year. They know Bulgaria. We have kin languages and Russians consider themselves at home that is why so many Russians buy property in Bulgaria,” the prime minister said.
He said: “At this time it is impossible to issue visas to Russian citizens just upon their arrival. Tourists from Russia arrive in Bulgaria at sea and to spend winter holidays. Electronic visas seriously eased their issuance to Russian citizens. Unfortunately, we have no opportunity to issue visas at the airport itself because such form is forbidden in the EU.”
“Many Russian citizens bought apartments and houses in Bulgaria. Their choice is conditioned by many factors. The climate is very good in Bulgaria. The nature is excellent. People understand the Russian language. Russians are met very warmly in Bulgaria. Our taxes are the lowest in the EU. Of course, Bulgarian fruits and vegetables attract Russians,” Borisov pointed out.