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Bulgaria to Expel 70 Russian Diplomats, Premier Says

Kiril Petkov 

Kiril Petkov 

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

Bulgaria’s government plans to expel 70 members of Russia’s diplomatic staff working in the country, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov told reporters Tuesday in Sofia, the capital.

Russia should limit its diplomatic mission’s personnel to the size of Bulgaria’s presence in Russia, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said after summoning the Russian ambassador to Sofia. That number corresponds to 23 diplomats and an administrative staff of 25 people, the ministry said in a statement.