MOSCOW, March 3. The Kremlin has not received an invitation from Bulgaria to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on the celebration of the day of liberation from Ottoman rule, celebrated on Thursday, but with respect to this decision of a sovereign country.
“No, while we in the Kremlin had not received any invitations addressed to Putin”, – told reporters the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov. He suggested: “Maybe it (the invitation) goes through the foreign Ministry or, maybe, it does not go”.
To the question, how in the Kremlin relate to the lack of an invitation from Bulgaria, Peskov said that “this is a sovereign decision of a sovereign Bulgaria.”
“We take absolutely normal and with respect and, of course, want our Bulgarian partners were indeed free from any yoke and were sovereign in their decisions and actions so that they do not harm the interests of the country”, – said the representative of the Kremlin.
Earlier in mass media appeared information that Bulgaria was invited to celebrate the day of liberation from Ottoman rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but didn’t invite Putin.
Meanwhile, the official representative of Bulgaria’s foreign Ministry Betina Joteva refuted claims by the media. “In official events attended by heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Sofia. All the rumors about the invitation to the celebration of the Turkish President – to-coarse manipulation, does not correspond to reality,” said Gatewa.
Day of Bulgaria’s liberation from Ottoman rule – national holiday of Bulgaria marked annually on 3 March.
1396-1878 in Bulgaria was part of Ottoman Empire. After the suppression of Turkey April uprising in Bulgaria in 1876, as well as treatment of the Bosnian rebel Serbs for help, Serbia and Montenegro declared the Ottoman Empire a war. Russia supported the Slavic peoples and on 24 April 1877 entered the war, went down in history as the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-1878. In Bulgaria this war is called Liberation.
The Russian army and militia managed to defeat the Turkish troops, and on March 3, 1878 was signed the peace of San Stefano Treaty between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. Under this Treaty, Bulgaria became an independent state, recognized the independence of Montenegro, Serbia and Romania. The result of the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878 was the restoration of the Bulgarian statehood and the complete liberation of the Bulgarian people from Ottoman oppression.