Tensions between Bulgaria and Russia are growing amid the stagnation of the "Balkan Stream"


At the end of September 2020, Sofia expelled two Russian diplomats, three weeks later Moscow took mirror measures, declaring two representatives of the Bulgarian Embassy in Russia persona non grata, the German international television and radio company Deutsche Welle reported.


If we translate what happened from the diplomatic language, it means a serious deterioration in relations between these countries. The Bulgarians suspected two employees of the Russian trade mission of espionage. Then they gave these Russians 72 hours to leave the territory of Bulgaria. However, Sofia did not provide any convincing evidence, confining herself to an abstract statement by the Prosecutor General's Office on this matter.

During the pre-trial investigation, it was established that in the period from 2016 to the present, two citizens of the Russian Federation carried out reconnaissance activities to obtain information about plans to modernize the Bulgarian army. Their goal was to transfer the collected information, including official and state secrets, to the Russian military intelligence in Moscow.

- said in the statement of the department.

The Russian Foreign Ministry regarded this as a "deliberate attempt to damage constructive Russian-Bulgarian cooperation" and only made a move in response on October 12. Moreover, in January of this year, Bulgaria has already expelled two Russian diplomats. But then it was about espionage not of a military nature, but of an economic and political nature. The Russians allegedly collected information regarding national elections and energy security, DW concluded.

Tensions between Moscow and Sofia are growing amid the slowdown in the Balkan Stream and started mass protests in Bulgaria. Under pressure from the United States, the Bulgarian authorities are openly delaying the implementation of the aforementioned gas transmission project, ignoring the interests of their own country and neighboring states. Moscow, for its part, is trying to force Sofia to fulfill its contractual obligations. Thus, Bulgaria found itself between two fires - Russia and the United States, which is why the degree of relations with both is constantly increasing.
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  1. passing by Offline passing by
    passing by (passing by) 13 October 2020 19: 09
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    some intractable bastards the Ottomans planted ... let them alter them.
  2. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 13 October 2020 19: 41
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    These mosecs should be punished in a progressive amount: two Bulgarians, four Russia. And in general, what are big embassies in all Poland and Estonia for? Children and nephews of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attach?

    God save me from friends, and I myself will be saved from enemies.

    Prince Lemon (Gianni Rodari)
  3. kapitan92 Offline kapitan92
    kapitan92 (Vyacheslav) 13 October 2020 21: 22
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    Tension in relations between Moscow and Sofia is growing amid the stagnation of the "Balkan Stream" and the outbreak of mass protests in Bulgaria. Under pressure from the United States, the Bulgarian authorities are openly delaying the implementation of the aforementioned gas transportation project, ignoring the interests of their own country and neighboring states.

    Boyko Borisov, a protege of the Amers, has walked and will continue to walk in the wake of the States.
    It seems that it is necessary to help the mass protests in Bulgaria. Throw some money, compromising evidence on the government! And undermine their political system.
    It's time to "work" according to their rules! Effective enough.
  4. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 13 October 2020 22: 04
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    They know that Gazprom pays everyone ...

    If he had sued them against 15 billion people, they would have become silk.

    And since there are many unanswered pensioners, state-Gazprom pays everyone ... to the directorate, Ukraine, the Arshukovs, Kadyrov, Poland, China, Germany, Turkey and Bulgaria ...
  5. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 13 October 2020 22: 25
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    Putin is trying to bind everything like Bulgaria. So far, it all ends in empty waste of money. We must wait until they begin to die of hunger, and this is not far off. Only Ukraine is poorer.
  6. _AMUHb_ Offline _AMUHb_
    _AMUHb_ (_AMUHb_) 14 October 2020 15: 55
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    Bulgarian-Romanian, what's the difference? the fact that as part of Hitler Germany did not fight on the eastern front? Yes, and in NATO exercises, they refused to shoot at dummies resembling Russian soldiers? The guys are afraid of something incomprehensible, but these are not "brothers" for a long time ... how is it - bring it - go ahead - go "forest", do not bother ... and who said , that everything will be fair in the "world" someday?))
  7. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 15 October 2020 05: 06
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    For Bulgaria, it has a whole embassy too chic, a consulate is enough.