Bulgaria's GERB Demands Apology from Russian MP over 'Harmful' Comments
Russian lawmaker and journalist Pyotr Tolstoy should issue an apology for his "unacceptable" comments that his country will buy out Bulgaria, the deputy head of Bulgaria's main ruling party has said.
"The opinion of Tolstoy harms bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Russia," Tsveta Karayancheva has said, reading a declaration authored by GERB's parliamentary faction.
Tolstoy said on Sunday, as his country was going to the polls, that Russia "will buy the entire Bulgaria."
"We have already purchased half of its coast," he added, while talking to a Bulgarian National Television reporter.
"We believe that United Russia party does not stand behind his words and we are calling on it to distance itself from them," Karayancheva has added.
United Russia is the biggest party in Parliament, led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, on whose ticket Tolstoy gained an MP seat as the party resoundingly won the elections.
"We will not allow anyone to question the territorial integrity of our country, to instill us an inferiority complex," Karayancheva has read out from the Parliament's rostrum.
She has also dismissed claims that Russia owned half of Bulgaria's Black Sea coast as "untrue" and "manipulative" and has urged the MP from making scandalous geopolitical statements that confront Russophiles and Russophobes.
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We have to maintain neutrality by all possible ways. To confront the Russians being surrounded by Greece and Serbia is very stupid .. to embrace the Islamic republic of Turkey knowing very well the Turkish intentions and the agenda of Islam is suicidal.. to expect long lasting sensible actions from the Germans and USA is not justified. We are strong when we are neutral. And we make the balance...simply by our presence. Predators and idiots from all sides would like to break the balance but we have to maintain this balance.