Three EU member states (Germany, Poland, and Sweden) expelled three Russian diplomats in a coordinated retaliation for the expulsion of three employees of their embassies by Russia. This was reported by Reuters.
German Foreign Office said that its diplomat was expelled only for “carrying out his task of reporting on developments on the spot in a legal fashion”.
Sweden, in turn, called such expulsions “unacceptable.”
Polish Foreign Ministry said it had ordered an employee of the Russian consulate in Poznan to leave the country "in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and in coordination with Germany and Sweden."
Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded by saying on state television that the actions of the three EU countries were "unjustified, unfriendly and a continuation of the same series of actions the West is taking against our country, which we qualify as interference in internal affairs.”
As we reported earlier, the EU diplomats were expelled due to their participation in unauthorized protests in Russia on January 23.