In one day: Three European countries expel Russian diplomats!

The foreign ministries of Poland, Germany and Sweden announced on Monday, the expulsion of Russian diplomats.

The German Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying that an employee of the Russian embassy in Berlin was persona non grata, in response to Russia’s decision on February 5.

The ministry said in a statement: “In accordance with Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today declares an employee of the Russian Embassy in Berlin persona non grata. 

With this step, the German government responded to the decision of the Russian Federation on Friday 5 February 2021 and expelled many European Union diplomats, including an employee of the German embassy in Moscow. 

This decision was not justified in any way.

The Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde announced that Sweden informed the Russian ambassador of the necessity for a diplomat from the Russian embassy to leave the territory of Sweden, explaining that the step is a “clear response to an unacceptable decision” by Moscow to expel the Swedish diplomat.

The minister tweeted: “The Russian ambassador has informed us to inform the Russian embassy employee to leave Sweden. 

This is a clear response to the unacceptable decision to expel a Swedish diplomat who was only performing his duties.

Also, the Polish Foreign Ministry declared an employee of the Russian Consulate General in Poznan persona non grata.

“In response to the expulsion of the Polish diplomat without good reason, the Polish Foreign Ministry decided today, in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and in coordination between Germany and Sweden, to consider the employee of the Russian Consulate General in Poznan as persona non grata,” the statement says.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it had taken compulsory measures to expel diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland from the country, after their participation in unauthorized protests by the local authorities in Moscow.

The official announcement of the Russian Foreign Ministry came through the statement of the ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, in which she said: “The expulsion of German, Swedish and Polish diplomats from Russia who participated in the unauthorized protests was a measure that Moscow took without desire and was even forced to implement it”.

A Russian court sentenced the Russian dissident Alexei Navalny to 3 and a half years in prison for violating the terms of the previous ruling issued against him in 2014, in the case of the “Yves Rocher” company.

The months he spent in house arrest in that year will be removed from this period, and thus Navalny will spend in 2 years and 8 months’ imprisonment.