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Dnevnik.bg has quoted the Turkish embassy in Sofia as confirming in a statement that a ban is in place. According to the Bulgarian National Radio and private bTV station, however, the diplomatic mission can neither confirm nor deny the reports.
According to Turkish daily Sabah, which quotes Star TV[TR], the ban imposed on Dogan is related to his “anti-Turkish” positions expressed after tensions between Ankara and Moscow rose over the downing of a Su-24 fighter bomber.
Dogan’s criticism for the DPS‘s then leader, Lyutvi Mestan, over the latter’s alleged betrayal of national interest, led to the removal of Mestan as chairman of the party.
In a declaration after the plane was downed, Mestan had sided with Turkey on behalf of the DPS.
Star TV reports that Delyan Peevski, an MP enjoying a controversial reputation, was also behind the dismissal of Mestan and his expulsion from the party.
Star’s report also contains information about the affiliation of Dogan to the Communist-era secret services of Bulgaria, DS, and cited the recent article by Der Spiegel pointing to Peevski as the visible part of the Bulgarian “iceberg of corruption”.
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