ATOR: the Consulate of Bulgaria in Russia has suspended the acceptance of documents for tourist visas The Consulate of Bulgaria called a temporary suspension of the acceptance of documents for tourist visas, however, when the reception will resume, it is not specified. Sofia explained her decision by the expulsion of 14 Bulgarian diplomats from Russia “media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/9/59/756597210244599.jpg 1200w" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
The Consular Service of Bulgaria suspends the acceptance of Russian documents for tourist visas and visas for property owners. This was announced by the Association of Tour Operators (ATOR).
According to unnamed tour operators, the Bulgarian consulate in Moscow informed them of its decision, taken for an indefinite period, “in view of the current emergency situation.” The Bulgarian side called the measures taken temporary.
RBC sent a request to the consular department of the Bulgarian Embassy in Russia.
At the end of July, the Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria, Hristo Prodanov, announced that in the first five months of 2022, compared to the same period last year, the number of Russian tourists increased by 3.9 times.
“Despite the difficult international situation, the lack of direct flights, a total of 33,584 visits [of the country] by Russian tourists were taken into account in January & May 2022,— he said.
Earlier, on August 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced a decision to expel 14 Bulgarian diplomats as a response.
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Before that, on March 2, two Russian diplomats were declared persona non grata, who, according to Sophia, were engaged in intelligence activities. On March 18, Bulgaria decided to expel ten more diplomats, on April 1— First Secretary of the Russian Embassy, against whom a criminal case was opened under Art. 104 of the Criminal Code of Bulgaria (espionage).
Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanov was not expelled so as not to break off diplomatic relations between the countries, explained the resigned prime minister of the republic, Kirill Petkov.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Bulgaria had reduced the possibility of the Russian embassy to zero.
According to her, Bulgaria expelled almost all the technical staff of the Russian embassy.
In At the end of June, the Russian Embassy announced that the Russian consular services would suspend their work due to a lack of staff. Mitrofanova said that Moscow was considering breaking off relations with Sofia.
On July 1, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Foreign Ministry would consider a possible closure of the embassy in Bulgaria.
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