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Bulgaria's expulsion of Russian diplomatic staff is not a one-man decision, Interior Minister Rashkov says

Boyko Rashkov
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The Bulgarian decision to expel 70 Russian diplomats is not a one-man decision, outgoing Minister of Interior Boyko Rashkov said. He added that the issue of the number of diplomats at the Russian embassy in Sofia was discussed at both the Security Council and government meetings.

According to the Minister, Bulgaria has 15 diplomats in Russia, while the Russian Federation has ten times more people with diplomatic rank in this country. "Can we assume that they have an extremely strong diplomatic interest in a small country like Bulgaria? I link this huge presence with something else that was hinted at by the Prime Minister," Boyko Rashkov also said.

According to PM Kiril Petkov, most of the diplomats nominated for expulsion worked for foreign services and their diplomatic role was a cover for other activities.

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