On October 4, the Russian Foreign Ministry held a ceremony to open an exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of signing the Treaty of Friendly Relations and Cooperation between Russia and Bulgaria.
This document, signed by Presidents Boris Yeltsin and Zhelyu Zhelev in Sofia on August 4, 1992, set the pace for a strategic long-term perspective for developing bilateral relations in the new geopolitical conditions on the basis of a trust-based partnership and respect for each other’s interests.
Opening the exhibition, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said that Russian-Bulgarian contacts have deep historical roots. The people of both countries venerate Sts Cyril and Methodius, who laid the foundation of our mutual script, and take pride in the glorious victories gained in the struggle for Bulgaria’s freedom and independence. He said that Russia and Bulgaria can unlock the massive potential for bilateral cooperation proceeding from inherited traditions and ignoring the political environment.
In turn, Bulgarian Ambassador to Russia Boyko Kotsev focused on the historic significance of the basic treaty and confirmed Bulgaria’s interest in further consolidating traditionally friendly relations between Russia and Bulgaria.
The exhibition presents documents from the Russian Foreign Policy Archive and photos covering key moments of the two countries’ relations at the present stage.