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Kremlin respects Bulgaria’s decision not to invite Putin to celebrations — spokesman

March 03, 2016, 14:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW

No invitation has been received by the Kremlin for the Russian president to attend the Day of Liberation of Bulgaria

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MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. The Kremlin has not received an invitation from Bulgaria for Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the Day of Liberation of Bulgaria but respects this decision of a sovereign country, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

"No, the Kremlin has not yet received any invitations for Putin," Peskov said adding that "maybe it [the invitation] is still going through the Russian Foreign Ministry channels or it has not been sent at all."

Answering a question on how the Kremlin assesses the fact that Bulgaria did not invite the Russian president to attend the celebrations, the spokesman said that "this is a sovereign decision of sovereign Bulgaria."

"We treat this absolutely normally and with respect, and, of course, we want our Bulgarian partners to really be free from any oppression and be sovereign in their actions and decisions to such an extent that they do not harm the interests of the country," Peskov noted.

Media earlier reported that Bulgaria invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to celebrate the Day of Liberation from Ottoman oppression but did not invite Putin.

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