On Tuesday there was another twist to the "spy saga" surrounding the potential sabotage of a Czech ammo dump in 2014. EMCO, the Bulgarian company that was the alleged target of the Russian attack, disseminated a document refuting the claim of the authorities in Prague that the ammo dump stored material owned by the firm. The company underlined that the Bulgarian authorities have consistently "sabotaged the investigation" into Russian spy interference in the country. The topic reached Bulgaria's Parliament, but will likely not be addressed, as dissolution is pending in the wake of no party being able to form a government.
Gov't will prolong the national emergency epidemic situation
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's outgoing cabinet said on Tuesday it would prolong the national epidemic situation for an undisclosed period at its meeting tomorrow. It is expected that the authorities will issue a protocol for the upcoming tourist season to make the work of tour operators more predictable. Additionally, Mr Borissov said that the cabinet would send the third draft of its Plan for recovery and development to the EU Commission.
Foreign Ministry to ease visa regime for Russian tourists
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it would do everything possible to facilitate issuing visas to Russians as soon as the Health Minister issues his ordinance with rules for entering Bulgaria this summer. Visas will be issued "without any formalities" in 59 Russian cities by accredited tourist agencies and in the three consulates of Bulgaria in the country. "We don't want Russian spies, but their tourists are most welcome and we will do our best to invite them to Bulgaria," Mr Borissov said.
Dimitar Berbatov bids to run the Bulgarian Football Association
Renowned Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, who has played for Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, said in a recorded video on Tuesday that he will run for the position of President of the Bulgarian Football Association (BFA) at the upcoming 25 June congress of the body. "I officially launch my campaign for president of the Bulgarian Football Union. I think the moment for that has come and we start today," he said. Berbatov added that his team would include other world-famous Bulgarian footballers, including Stiliyan Petrov and Martin Petrov. In recent years the BFA has received flak for its poor management of the Bulgarian national team and championship, as well as for nepotism and racism scandals.