Russia unhappy with Bulgaria's remarks on aborted parliamentarian visit

Russia unhappy with Bulgaria
# 30 April 2014 18:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Russia accused on Wednesday Bulgaria of misinterpreting the postponment of a visit by Russian parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin to Bulgaria, which Sofia attributed to fresh European Union (EU) sanctions, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Indeed, this visit was planned for early May, but then it was postponed to a later date at the parties' mutual consent," State Duma, lower house of the parliament, spokesman Yury Shuvalov told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said Naryshkin was subjected to EU visa and economic sanctions "because of actions undermining and jeopardizing Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence".

Naryshkin was scheduled to visit Bulgaria on May 6-8. He also plans to visit Serbia on May 5-6 to participate in the Balkan Dialogue-2014 forum, according to the State Duma press service.

Several major Western powers have announced fresh sanctions against Russia amid rising tensions in Ukraine's eastern and southeastern regions.

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