Russia has declared 34 French diplomats “persona non grata” within the nation in response to a call by France to expel 41 Russian diplomats in April, Russia’s Overseas Ministry mentioned Wednesday.
French Ambassador to Moscow Pierre Levy was summoned to the Russian Overseas Ministry on Wednesday, and “robust protest was expressed in reference to the provocative and unjustified determination” of French authorities to declare 41 Russian diplomats in France “persona non grata,” the ministry mentioned.
“It was emphasised that this act inflicts severe harm to Russian-French relations and constructive bilateral cooperation,” the Russian Overseas Ministry mentioned.
“As a response, 34 French diplomats have been declared ‘persona non grata’,” the ministry added. “They have been ordered to go away the territory of Russia inside two weeks from the date of supply of the related be aware to the Ambassador.”
France issued an announcement and mentioned it “strongly condemns” this transfer.
“The work of those diplomats and the employees of our embassy in Russia, whose braveness and nice professionalism France salutes, is totally inside the framework of the Vienna Conference on diplomatic and consular relations. The choice of the Russian authorities has no reputable foundation. We will solely condemn it.”
In a similar way, Russia additionally expelled 27 Spanish diplomats in Russia in response to a call by Spain to expel 27 Russian diplomats from the nation in April, Russia’s Overseas Ministry mentioned in an announcement Wednesday.
The Russian international ministry has been expelling staff of many embassies in related retaliatory strikes. A few of the most up-to-date nations that acquired the same response from Moscow embody Finland, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Denmark and Norway amongst others.