Bulgaria blocked the transfer to the Russian Embassy in Sofia for $890,000 due to EU sanctions. This was announced by the Minister of Finance of the country Asen Vasilev, transmits Bulgarian National Radio.
According to the minister, the Russian diplomatic mission said that the money was intended to pay salaries to employees and requested that the sanctions for this transfer be lifted. The cancellation is coordinated with the European Commission.
“There is a transfer to the Russian embassy, which falls directly under the sanctions of the European Commission. The Russian embassy requested to lift the sanctions for this transfer, and now the cancellation is being agreed with the EC. It is alleged that this transfer in the amount of 890 thousand dollars is intended for salaries,” Vasilev said.
Minister of Finance notedthat the blocking occurred automatically on the basis of EU sanctions.
The Russian embassy confirmed to TASS the information about the blocking of the transfer, but did not comment. Andrei Klishas, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, said that Russia should immediately and harshly respond to Bulgaria’s blocking of the transfer.
“The longer we think about the response of Bulgaria, which is expelling diplomats, now blocking the accounts of the Russian embassy in Sofia, the more brazenly the government of this once sovereign country will behave. wrote Klishas in his telegram channel.
Diplomatic tensions between Russia and Bulgaria have risen since Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov on June 28 announced the expulsion of 70 Russian diplomats and technical staff on charges of espionage. The Russian authorities say that the work of the embassy and consulates is now “virtually paralyzed.”
Sophia rejected the Russian embassy’s call to reconsider the expulsion decision. Acting Prime Minister of Bulgaria Kiril Petkov said that 43 Russian diplomats would remain in the country, and called it a sufficient number. The Russian Foreign Ministry promised to take retaliatory measures.