Bulgaria continues to issue tourist visas to citizens of the Russian Federation, however, the terms for the provision of services have increased due to technical reasons. This was announced on Saturday, August 6, at the Bulgarian embassy in Moscow.

“The consulate at the embassy is working, and the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens has not stopped,” the TASS agency quoted the representative of the diplomatic mission as saying. “At the moment, due to technical reasons, we are working in an unusual mode, the terms for providing services are longer than usual,” he added.

The interlocutor of the agency also denied that the issuance of visas to Russian property owners has been suspended.

ATOR: Suspended acceptance of documents from Russians

Earlier in Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) reported that the consular service of Bulgaria in the Russian Federation for an indefinite period suspends the acceptance of documents from Russians for tourist visas and visas for property owners.

According to tour operators, the Bulgarian consulate in Moscow informed them of a temporary suspension of the acceptance of documents – “due to the current emergency situation,” ATOR said.

Expulsion of 14 employees of the Bulgarian embassy and consulates

Earlier, on August 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced about the expulsion of 14 employees of the Bulgarian embassy and consulates. The note declaring the diplomats persona non grata was handed over to the Bulgarian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Atanas Krystin, who was summoned to Smolenskaya Square, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.

Moscow said that this was a response to Sofia’s decision to expel 70 Russian diplomats, to introduce quotas for the number of diplomatic and administrative and technical personnel of Russia In Bulgaria and temporarily close the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Ruse.

70 Russian diplomats ordered to leave Bulgaria

At the end of June, Bulgaria reported the expulsion of 70 Russian diplomatic and administrative and technical staff. Sofia’s decision was supported by the European External Action Service (EEAS), which pointed out that the employees of the Russian embassy violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. In turn, NATO expressed solidarity with Bulgaria and stressed that its decision to expel Russian employees is sovereign and should be respected.

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