Russia hands note declaring Bulgarian embassy counsellor persona non grata to ambassador5 December 2019 | 15:59 | FOCUS News Agency
"The move is a tit-for-tat response to the Bulgarian authorities’ October decision to expel a Russian diplomat," the statement reads.
On October 29, Bulgaria declared a Russian embassy employee persona non grata, saying he was suspected of espionage. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said then that Moscow would consider retaliatory measures "in accordance with diplomatic practice.".
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