Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office reported on its website on January 24 that pre-trial probes involving two Russian diplomats as part of an espionage case had been launched.
Diplomats from Russian Federation who were declared personae non gratae in Bulgaria on January 24 have left that country, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Bulgaria told TASS News agency.
“The Russian diplomats left Bulgaria on Sunday,” the spokesman said.
Bulgaria’s foreign ministry said that one Russian diplomat had been declared persona non grata and one Russian embassy’s technical staff member had been declared an undesirable person. Both were given 48 hours to leave the country.
Following the incident, the Russian foreign ministry underlined that Bulgarian side had not presented any evidence to reason the decision to expel the Russian diplomats.
The Russian Foreing ministry warned that they reserved the right for symmetric response.
The Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office reported on its website on January 24 that pre-trial probes involving two Russian diplomats as part of an espionage case had been launched. According to the prosecutors, their illegal activities included elections and the energy sector. In accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Bulgaria halted criminal proceedings against the two Russian citizens. However, the Prosecutor’s Office claims that there are grounds for indicting them.