Russian Foreign Ministry presented protest notes to 23 ambassadors of states, which expelled Russian diplomats due to the poisoning of Skripal, ex-GRU officer. This was reported on the website of Russian Foreign Ministry.
The Ministry presented protest notes to the Heads of the diplomatic mission in Australia, Albany, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Estonia.
“They received the protest notes and a notification that Russia declares a relevant number of officers of these states’ diplomatic agencies in Russia persona non grata as a reaction on unreasonable demands of the states to expel Russian diplomats due to Britain’s unproven accusations of Russia being involved in the so-called “Skripals’ case”,” the message says.
Besides, Russia reserves a right to take responsive steps concerning Belgium, Hungary, Georgia and Montenegro, who intended to expel Russian diplomats as well.
“Considering the fact that Belgium, Hungary, Georgia and Montenegro decided to join the mentioned states, Russia reserves a right to take responsive steps concerning these states,” Russian Foreign Ministry reports.
Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, commented on the expulsion of Ukrainian diplomats on Twitter.
“Russia’s reflecting reaction to expel our diplomats is a nonsense. We did not try to poison anyone in Salisbury. Russia did it and received repulse from the civilized world. There are people to take care of Ukrainian citizens in Russia. We continue working,” he wrote.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry expelled the ambassadors of the stats, which sent off Russian diplomats due to the poisoning of Skripal, ex-GRU officer.
Moscow announced responsive reaction on the expulsion on March 29. Lavrov said that the U.S. Ambassador would be invited to the Foreign Ministry to be informed about Russia’s decision. Besides, Russia intends to shut down American Consulate in St. Petersburg.
The USA announced the decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats due to the poisoning of Skripal, ex-GRU officer on March 26. Twenty eight states took same measures afterwards.