On the 18th of December, H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Bulgaria,

gave a reception at the Embassy for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays. It was attended by hundreds of people: representatives of the Russian diaspora and the Bulgarian public. Among the honorary guests were the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov, the Minister of Tourism Mrs. Nikolina Angelkova, the Minister of Youth and Sport Mr. Krasen Kralev.

E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov addressed the Bulgarian friends and his compatriots living in our country with a short speech in which he congratulated them on the coming holidays. He emphasised the fact that the year 2019 marked the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries, the high-level contacts continued and success was achieved in the development of economic and cultural cooperation. His Excellency expressed his hope that next year would be even more eventful and more productive.

Then the Bulgarians and Russians who attended the reception enjoyed wonderful Russian dishes and drinks and in a festive mood wished each other health, success and prosperity in the New Year 2020.

The photos are provided by the press service of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Bulgaria.