The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has reacted to what they say are a series of provocative and malicious anti-Bulgarian comments by Macedonian politicians and public figures, and has expressed concern that a “malicious campaign against Bulgaria aimed at inciting anti-Bulgarian sentiment” is being led.

According to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, the reason for this attitude was the statements from Macedonia in which Bulgaria’s policy is compared to that of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Even more worrying is the attempt to deliberately abuse the tragic events in Ukraine as a result of the Russian military aggression. We believe that such cynical suggestions must be categorically rejected. No one has the right to abuse the tragedy of the Ukrainian people in an arrogant and unprincipled way. The Foreign Ministry expresses concern about the possible negative impact of such a campaign on the positive trends of political dialogue in recent months, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said.