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Newsline: Bulgaria recalls its ambassador to Turkey

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry said on March 16 that it was recalling its ambassador in Ankara, Nadezhda Neynsky, for consultations. The single-sentence statement by the Foreign Ministry gave no reason why Neynsky was being called back to Sofia, but the development comes amid continuing controversy about reported interference by Turkey in Bulgaria’s March 26 early parliamentary elections. In diplomatic practice, recalling an ambassador for consultations is generally seen as a second stage of protest after formally summoning a foreign country’s ambassador, but is a stop short of suspending diplomatic relations. The Turkish ambassador in Sofia, Süleyman Gökçe, was summoned to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry on March 7, to hear a protest from caretaker Deputy Foreign Ministry Boiko Mirchev following reports about a Turkish cabinet minister having called on Bulgarians in Turkey to vote for Lyutvi Mestan’s DOST party.

http://sofiaglobe.com/2017/03/16/bulgaria-recalls-its-ambassador-to-turkey-for-consultations-amid-controversy-over-elections/

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1 Comment»

  risabuzatova wrote @

What a pity that relations between Bulgaria and Turkey are so strained after nearly three decades of post-1989 positive developments.


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