MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Bulgaria’s government should try to improve relations with Russia and refrain from escalating tensions further, the country’s former Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin said on Thursday.
"It is a bad thing when countries expel diplomats. Such a thing happening between Bulgaria and Russia, as well as [Russian] President Putin’s statement about delays in the TurkStream project, indicate a problem. We call on the prime minister and the government to try to improve our relations with Russia instead of raising tensions between the two countries," Vigenin said, as cited by the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s website.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that a note declaring a Bulgarian embassy counsellor persona non grata had been handed over to Bulgarian Ambassador to Moscow Atanas Krastin. On October 29, Bulgaria declared a Russian embassy employee persona non grata, saying he was suspected of espionage.