The Bulgarian ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry in connection with allegations of Turkey’s interference in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and in the internal affairs of this country. This was reported by diplomatic sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
“After the Turkish ambassador Ailin Sekizkök was summoned to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned Bulgarian Ambassador Hristov Cholakov for a conversation,” the sources said.
During the conversation, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakci informed the Ambassador that Ankara rejects all claims that Bulgarian voters were allegedly “directed” by the Turkish authorities during the presidential and parliamentary elections held in the country on November 14. Kaymakci also called the statements about Turkey’s interference in the internal affairs of Bulgaria untrue.
He stressed that in order to facilitate the electoral process in Bulgaria, Turkey has demonstrated comprehensive cooperation and provided the Bulgarian voters with the necessary conditions for voting on the territory of Turkey.
According to sources, the ambassador was presented with a diplomatic note stating that Ankara expects that the voting of Bulgarian voters in Turkey will not be subject to abuse in the internal politics of Bulgaria.
The Turkish side expressed bewilderment that the Turkish ambassador to Bulgaria was summoned to the country’s Foreign Ministry in connection with such groundless accusations.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry called unacceptable the reaction of Bulgaria, which is a member of the Council of Europe and the EU, to the exercise by the country’s citizens of their electoral rights in Turkey.
. . .(HAS).