Leader of ATAKA Speaks Out Against Removing Russian Diplomats from Bulgaria

The leader of ATAKA, Volen Siderov, called for the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, to abstain from ousting Russia’s diplomats from Bulgaria due to lack of evidence Russia was involved in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

The calls of Siderov contrast the stance of the British Ambassador to Bulgaria, who said Bulgaria should say that enough is enough, mirroring the calls for a harsh stance of Russia and the removal of Russian diplomats from EU countries and the UK. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria commented on the issue and expressed skepticism of solid proof of Russian involvement, even comparing the allegations to the chemical weapon claims to Saddam Hussein that turned out to be a lie.

 The leader of ATAKA also isn’t convinced that Russia is to blame. He’s quoted as saying: “I hope Mr. Borisov won’t make the mistake of expelling the Russian diplomats.” He also said: “We must create a coalitional council of GERB and the United Patriots in which to discuss everything and examine all information. I hope this council takes place today or tomorrow at the latest so we can have a precise analysis and a correct decision. Bulgaria must have a balanced policy, to not make rash moves, to not expel any diplomats, and to stop talking about solidarity, as if some natural cataclysm has happened.”

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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