Bulgaria is expelling two Russian diplomats on suspicion of espionage, Reuters news agency said Wednesday, citing the country's Foreign Ministry.
They reportedly have 72 hours to leave the country.
"During the pre-trial investigation, it was established that in the period from 2016 to the present, two citizens of the Russian Federation carried out intelligence activities to obtain information about plans to modernise the Bulgarian army. Their goal was to transfer the collected information, including official and state secrets, to the Russian military intelligence in Moscow", the prosecution said in a statement.
The statement noted that both Russian suspects had diplomatic status, and therefore the criminal case against them was discontinued.
The Russian Foreign Ministry in January called Bulgaria’s expulsion of the Russian diplomats an "unfriendly and provocative" step. The ministry noted that Sofia had failed to present any credible justification for the decision, adding that Moscow reserves the right to take retaliatory measures.