Lavrov on Bulgaria's New Claims: They Could Also Accuse Us of Killing Franz Ferdinand

© REUTERS / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRYRussia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his counterpart from Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov in Moscow, Russia April 1, 2021.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his counterpart from Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov in Moscow, Russia April 1, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.04.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on Wednesday on Bulgaria's claims of Russia's involvement in arms depots explosions, saying ironically that Moscow could also be accused of killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

"It is great that they do not say that we killed Archduke Ferdinand, but it seems we could have such claims coming," Lavrov said at a press conference, asked to comment on the Bulgarian prosecutors' claims that six Russians were involved in explosions at warehouses and production facilities.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Honduran counterpart Lisandro Rosales Banegas in Moscow, Russia April 26, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.04.2021
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According to Prime Minister Andrej Babis, the reason for such a move is the suspicion that Russian military intelligence officers were involved in the 2014 explosion in Vrbetice, which killed two Czech nationals.

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