Updated: July 05, 2022 03:44 IS
Moscow [Russia]July 5 (ANI/Sputnik): Commenting on Sofia‘s decision to expel 70 Russian embassy employees, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow will respond to these measures and that the Russian embassy could not function normally afterwards.
“In our estimation, in the estimation of the State Department, the embassy cannot function normally, actually almost from now. Of course we will reciprocate our Bulgarian colleagues,” Lavrov said during a press conference in Moscow.
Lavrov said the decision to expel 70 employees of the Russian embassy in Bulgaria was due to Washington’s pressure on Sofia.
“This is not an independent decision by the incumbent prime minister, who has an absolutely open and unequivocally pro-US stance and is ready to fulfill his sovereign’s every wish,” the minister said.
He explained that “the desire of the sovereign is to kill the historical memory in the Bulgarians, to destroy the basis of relations hardened in the joint struggle for independence and in many other situations, including in recent history” .
“Washington’s policy applies not only to Bulgaria, they want to erase the historical memory of other peoples in the Balkans, first and foremost, by the way, the Orthodox peoples,” added the minister.
In Bulgaria itself, too, the decision was made “with surprise by the country’s leadership,” said Lavrov.
Lavrov noted that this decision “was not based on the procedures established in Bulgaria for such abrupt movements”. (ANI/Sputnik)