The Romanian authorities have decided to declare Alexey Grishaev, Deputy Military Attaché at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bucharest. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that the Romanian authorities have decided to declare persona non grata on Romanian territory of Mr. Alexey Grishaev, Deputy Military Attaché at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bucharest,” the statement says.
The Foreign Ministry noted that his activities and actions contravene the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations provisions since 1961.
The MFA has already convocated the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Bucharest, Mr. Valery Kuzmin - he was informed about the decision made by the Romanian authorities.
As a reminder, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamacek decided to expel from the Czech Republic 18 Russian diplomats who are suspected of work for special services of the Russian Federation. The Russian GRU officers were charged with involvement in an ammunition explosion in the village of Vrbetice in 2014. The explosion led to numerous destructions and the deaths of two locals. Only 6.5 years later, the Czech government officially accused Russia of organizing this sabotage.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the decision of the Czech authorities to expel 18 diplomats from the country a "trick" and promised a response from Moscow. Then, The Russian Foreign Ministry decided to expel 20 Czech diplomats from Moscow.
The Baltic states and Slovakia have led the way, expelling seven Russians in total last week.