And al-Jazeera has accused Russia of making Bulgaria the center of subversive operations for GRU agents
Russian Ambassador to Sofia Anatoly Makarov and Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova have insisted in their statements in recent weeks that Russia has for centuries had a friendly and brotherly sentiment towards Bulgaria. Both are surprised that we accuse their diplomats of espionage and their citizens of criminal acts on Bulgarian territory.
Bringing affection to Bulgaria is part of a Russian hybrid war, behind which the Kremlin’s imperial interests always shine through. This Russian tactic is not a surprise not only for the EU and the US, but also for the Arab world. A few days ago, Al Jazeera published a thorough investigation, denouncing Russia as having made Bulgaria the center of subversive operations for GRU agents. Television focuses on the charge of attempted murder on January 23, 2020 by new Attorney General Ivan Geshev against three Russian citizens believed to be agents of the GRU. In support of the statement, it is also reminded of the expulsion of two Russian diplomats a day later, as well as the expulsion of another Russian diplomat in October. Bulgaria ceases to be a degraded yard for Russian interests, foreign observers comment.