The spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, expressed Moscow’s position in relation to the decision of the Bulgarian authorities to expel the correspondent of “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” Alexander Gatsak for reasons related to national security.
In her words, quoted by the Russian state agency TASS, the Bulgarian government received “valuable instructions” from the US a few days before revoking the journalist’s accreditation.
“In order to understand what prompted Bulgaria to harass Gatsak, which was not provoked by anything, it is enough to follow the chronology of the actions of the US Embassy in Sofia. From it we understand that literally a few days before the scandalous story with the expulsion the US Deputy Secretary of State Liz Allen arrives on the reporter’s visit to the country. The Bulgarian government has clearly received valuable instructions, as “public diplomacy” dictates: censorship, expulsion of Russian journalists, ban on freedom of speech,” Zakharova said, quoted by TASS and BTA.
Gatsak left Bulgaria on Wednesday after DANS issued an order imposing on him coercive administrative measures of revocation of the right of residence, expulsion and a ban on entry and residence on the territory of the member states of the European Union.
The reason for the decision of DANS was that Gatsak was carrying out an activity that posed a threat to Bulgaria’s national security.
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