Russia expels 18 from EU’s Moscow mission in retaliatory move

Russia expels 18 from EU’s Moscow mission in retaliatory move

MOSCOW. The Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower and Saint Basil's Cathedral are seen through an art object in Zaryadye park in Moscow, Russia, March 15, 2022.

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The action is in retaliation at Brussels' expulsion of 19 Russians in early April

Moscow has expelled 18 employees of the European Union’s (EU) delegation to Russia in retaliation at Brussels’ expulsion of 19 Russians earlier this month, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday, April 15.

The EU on April 5 declared the 19 Russian diplomats personae non gratae for “engaging in activities contrary to their diplomatic status” and ordered them to leave host nation Belgium. 

Russia’s foreign ministry said in its statement that it had summoned EU ambassador to Russia, Markus Ederer, and handed him a note of protest.

“The Russian side declared that the EU is responsible for the consistent destruction of the architecture of bilateral dialogue and cooperation that had taken decades to form,” it said.

The EU diplomats must leave Russia as soon as possible, the ministry added. –

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