Bulgaria has demanded the withdrawal of a Russian diplomat, after accusing him of spying. The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said that it had summoned the Russian ambassador on October 25.
According to some media, the diplomat in question left the country on Monday, and the first secretary of the Russian embassy.
Earlier on Monday, the Bulgarian prosecutor's office announced the start of a criminal case against a Russian diplomat, but the case was frozen because the person enjoys diplomatic immunity.
"The Office of the Specialized Prosecutor has opened a criminal case against a foreign national for a crime against the Republic," the office said in a statement.
He said that this foreign citizen has collected information that represents the secrets of a State, and concerns the interests of Bulgaria, the European Union and NATO and transferred to a foreign country.
The Russian embassy in Sofia declined to comment on the report.