Bulgaria is located in the southeast part of the Balkans. The country borders on the Black Sea, which attracts tourists all year round.
Bulgaria came under the Soviet sphere of influence after WWII, and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist rule ended in 1990, and the country again held multiparty elections, moving toward a political democracy and market economy. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.
After Belarus accused Lithuania and Poland of "destructive" meddling, several EU countries temporarily pulled their envoys out of Minsk. Bulgaria called for "immediate and unconditional" release of political prisoners.