France will expel “many” Russian diplomats, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs announced in a statement on Monday. According to Russian media reports, Moscow promised to reply to Paris’s decision to expulse the personnel.
According to France’s foreign ministry “this action is part of a European approach,”These measures and diplomats’ activities are incompatible with France’s security interest. According to BFM TV, “about 30 Russian diplomats”This decision may have an effect on your business.
In a comment to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it will respond to Paris’ actions.
On Monday, multiple EU nations launched an additional push to expel Russian diplomats amid fallout from the purported massacre in Bucha (a small village northwest of Kiev). The deaths were quickly attributed to Russian troops who had recently occupied Bucha. However, Moscow strongly denied that any part was involved, suggesting that the entire affair was staged. “provocation.”
Lithuania ordered the Russian ambassador to leave the country altogether, citing Moscow’s “relentless aggressive actions in Ukraine.”Baltic states stated that they had informed their NATO and EU allies of this move. They urged them to also follow the example. Latvia also announced that it would be reducing its diplomatic relations to Moscow shortly after the announcement. “crimes committed by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.”
While apparently opting not to target Moscow’s ambassador, Germany did follow suit, with the country’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announcing the expulsion of a “significant number” of Russian diplomats. “The affected diplomatic staff have been working every day against our freedom, against the cohesion of our society,” she said.
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