Bulgaria and the Skripal Case

While the major players in world politics are in a state of a diplomatic war - the USA is expulsing Russian diplomats and Russia doesn't shy away from returning the favor. The UK is asking for solidarity on the Skripal case while denying its European partners access to supposed concrete evidence that allegedly connects Russia to the attempt on Sergey Skripal's life. 

Today the Security Council of the Council of Ministers met to discuss how the government should treat the diplomatic crisis at hand. After the meeting, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria - Boyko Borisov met with the Bulgarian ambassador to Russia - the Honorable Boyko Kotsev. The Security Council has decided that no Russian diplomats will be expulsed from Bulgaria. Borisov is adamant that further decisions will be made once evidence is presented. This is in line with what Boyko had previously suggested.

At the same time, the debate in the Parliament was also very entertaining. The leader of the parliamentary group of the Socialists - Korneliya Ninova proposed that the Parliament comes out with an officials statement and stance on the issue in order to support the government. Whether it got "lost in translation" or not - the willingness of the BSP to support the Cabinet was totally misinterpreted. Tsvetan Tsvetanov, the leader of the GERB MPs even raised his voice and was firm in his position that Bulgaria should not endorse any stance other than full support for the UK. In his own words: "I do not doubt one word from what Britain is saying and standing for." He even stated that the Bulgarian Socialists want to lead Bulgaria out of the EU. 

Ninova was witty in her response to Tsvetanov's partisan reaction. She reminded him that this is not about Euro-Atlantic values or partisanship. She asked him whether he would attack Merkel and Macron in the same manner just because they want a reasonable conversation with Russia. The diplomatic crisis should not be taken lightly. While expulsing diplomats is serious enough, blindly believing allegations could be dangerous and may inflict damage on the international relations of Bulgaria. 

Meanwhile, many of Bulgaria's neighbors such as Romania, and even Macedonia, have decided to expel a number of diplomats.

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Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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