PM Boyko Borisov refuses to meet Russian deputy over statement that Cyrillic alphabet comes from Byzantium19 June 2017 | 16:52 | FOCUS News Agency
The meeting was scheduled for 11:30 local time but was cancelled by Borisov after Karpov said in a TV interview that the Cyrillic alphabet came from Byzantium.
Karpov was invited to Bulgaria by the leader of Ataka party, Volen Siderov. In the interview, he also stated that the borders of the countries were quite different when the alphabet was created.
On May 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Slavonic alphabet came to Russia "from the Macedonian land". The statement, made in the framework of Putin’s meeting with Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov in Moscow, triggered a wave of sharp reactions in Bulgaria. Then, PM Borisov tabled the issue at a meeting with Russian ambassador to Bulgaria Anatoly Makarov. The Prime Minister reminded that the creation of the Cyrillic alphabet occurred at the will and with the participation of the Bulgarian state during the reign of Boris I Mikhail.
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