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NATO supports Bulgaria in expelling Russian diplomats and condemns Moscow’s “coercive pattern”

NATO supports Bulgaria in expelling Russian diplomats and condemns Moscow's "coercive pattern"

BRUSSELS, July 1 (EUROPE PRESS) –

NATO supported the Bulgarian government this Friday in its “sovereign” decision to expel 70 staff members from the Russian embassy in Sofia for alleged espionage, while condemning the “coercive pattern” of the Vladimir Putin regime to treat of interfering in the security and democracies of the allies.

“It is a sovereign decision that must be respected. The allies strongly condemn the permanent pattern of coercive behavior with which Russia tries to interfere in our democratic processes and institutions and in the security of our citizens,” said the spokeswoman for The Alliance, Oana Lungescu.

“We are in solidarity with our Bulgarian ally,” concludes Lungescu’s brief statement of support from NATO to Bulgaria spread through social networks.


After Bulgaria decided to expel these Russian citizens, the Russian ambassador in Sofia, Eleonora Mitrofanova, announced that Moscow will reconsider its diplomatic relations with this country. However, Bulgaria’s acting prime minister, Kiril Petkov, has defended the move and warned the Kremlin that “they will not accept ultimatums” from him.

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