Britain says it stands with Bulgaria against 'malign' Russian activity

March 20, 2021 7:16 AM EDT

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab looks on as he walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, February 24, 2021. REUTERS/John Sibley

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it stands with Bulgaria against "malign activity" by Russia in the country, adding that Moscow had been seeking to undermine the sovereignty of a NATO ally.

"We fully support Bulgaria's efforts in disrupting an alleged spy ring and taking steps to tackle Russia's hostile actions in its territory," Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Twitter on Saturday.

Bulgarian prosecutors said on Friday that they had charged six Bulgarians, including senior officials from the defence ministry and military intelligence, with spying for Russia.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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