Contents tagged with Bulgaria

  • Bulgaria starts receiving gas through Turkish Stream

    Bulgaria has started receiving Russian gas through the Turkish Stream pipeline. The Bulgarian gas company Bulgargaz reported that on December 30 it signed an agreement with Gazprom Export regarding new fuel deliveries.

    As of January 1, natural gas has been received at Strandzha 2, with the fuel coming from Turkey, instead of at the Isakcha and Negru-Voda intake points in Romania.

    The company estimated that it would save the equivalent of $46.2 million per year thanks to the change of intake …

  • Russia expels Bulgarian diplomat amid spy scandal

    Russia is expelling a Bulgarian diplomat in response to the expulsion of a Russian diplomat, who was accused of spying, from Bulgaria. On December 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Bulgarian Ambassador Atanas Krastin received a note stating that Russia declared Bulgarian diplomat persona non grata on a reciprocal basis, and he must leave the Russian Federation within 24 hours.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the employee of the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow is expelled in …

  • Putin accuses Bulgaria of sabotaging Turkish Stream project

    Bulgaria is deliberately delaying the extension of the Turkish Stream pipeline through its territory, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday.

    “Despite the numerous assurances and requests to the Russian side to supply our gas through Turkey to Bulgaria, we are seeing that the Bulgarian side, as sad and strange as it sounds, is deliberately prolonging the implementation of the project in its territory. I want to …

  • Bulgaria denies visa to Russian diplomat

    Bulgarian authorities refused to issue a visa to a Russian diplomat, who was supposed to take the post of defense attaché at the Russian embassy in Sofia, reports Focus news outlet, citing Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.

    According to RBC news agency, Russian Embassy in Bulgaria also confirmed this information. "We confirm this information, but we don't give any additional comments," said the press attaché of the Russian Embassy.

    Focus also reported that the Russian diplomat, whom the Bulgarian …

  • Russian spies caught in Poland and Bulgaria

    Polish and Bulgarian secret services have exposed Russian spies. The Polish Internal Security Agency detained a Polish citizen, who is suspected of working for the Russian intelligence agencies and possession of illegal weapons.

    According to Polskie Radio, Peter S. was detained on October 24 in Warsaw, and he has been sentenced for three months. During the detention, local security forces conducted searches and found illegal weapons, ammunition, hard drives, and documents. It is noted that …

  • Bulgarian media: Russia is wearing out our MiG-29 fighters

    The Bulgarian military is frequently placed on alert in connection with Russian combat aircraft flying past. Bulgaria believes that the greater intensity of flights is deliberate provocation by Moscow, designed to wear out Bulgaria’s fleet of fighters.

    The Bulgarian news agency Mediapool writes that since the start of the year, the country’s air force has been forced to scramble fighters on 19 occasions to inspect aircraft with deactivated transponders. Almost all of these aircraft are …

  • Bulgaria accuses former deputy of spying for Russia

    Bulgaria accuses former MP from the Bulgarian Socialist Party Nikolai Malinov of spying for Russia and money laundering for Russian organizations, reports Radio Liberty. According to Bulgaria's Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov, Malinov could be sentenced to 5 -15 years in prison.

    On September 10, Malinov was released on bail of 25,000 euros. He was banned from leaving the country.

    Malinov is accused of receiving money for the transfer of Bulgarian state secrets to two Russian organizations. …

  • Bulgaria questions Soviet Union’s role in liberating Eastern Europe from Nazi

    The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has advised the Russian embassy to stop distributing the “questionable assertion” that the Soviet Union liberated Eastern Europe by defeating Nazi Germany.

    “Without denying the USSR’s contribution to the defeat of Nazism in Europe, we must not close our eyes to the fact that the Soviet Army brought half a century of repression to the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe,” the department remarked.

    The Foreign Ministry released the statement the day before the …

  • Bulgaria announces support for Ukraine’s European integration

    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Yuri Sterk, during the Ukrainian-Bulgarian political consultations held in Kyiv on March 28, confirmed Bulgaria’s unwavering support for the state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, reported Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    “During the consultations, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Vasyl Bodnar, discussed with his Bulgarian counterpart the full range of issues on the Ukrainian-Bulgarian relations agenda. The …

  • Bulgaria discovers scheme to withdraw money from Venezuela

    The Bulgarian government has uncovered a scheme to illegally withdraw funds from Venezuela, Bulgarian local media reported, citing a statement by the country’s Prosecutor General, Sotir Tsatsarov. 

    According to Tsatsarov, millions of euros belonging to the Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA have been transferred to bank accounts in Bulgaria. PDVSA is currently under US sanctions. 

    Bulgaria is exchanging information with the US about these suspicious transfers, Tsatsarov noted, adding …