“The Government of Montenegro has made a decision to declare a diplomatic representative accredited to the Embassy of the Russian Federation persona non grata and to withdraw the consent of the honourary consul of the Russian Federation in Montenegro. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Podgorica was informed of the measures with a seven-day deadline for the diplomatic representative to leave Montenegro,” the message says.
It was reported that Montenegro notified the Russian Embassy about the decision and added that the Russian diplomat has to leave the country in a week.
Meanwhile, Slovakian news agency Nový Čas reported that Slovakia is to withdraw its consul to Moscow due to London’s accusations towards Moscow on the Skripal’s case. It was informed that the Head of the diplomatic mission is to be withdrawn for the first time in 20 years.
Earlier, 27 states announced that they would expel 144 Russian diplomats as a reaction to the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. Ukraine will expel 13 Russian diplomats.
Sergei Skripal, ex-GRU officer, was poisoned in British Salisbury on March 4. Later, Theresa May, British PM, stated that Russian is responsible for that and the investigation confirmed that the Novichok nerve agent was used in Salisbury.