Russia says it will respond to the decision by Germany and France to expel Russian diplomats

2022-07-19 0 By

The Foreign ministries of Germany and France decided to expel Russian diplomats on Monday.The Russian Foreign Ministry said on the same day that Russia would respond.Germany declared a “large number” of diplomats in its embassy in Germany as “persona non grata” and informed the Russian ambassador to Germany, Foreign Minister Berberk said in a statement Thursday.Mr. Belbek said Germany would further tighten existing sanctions against Russia and increase its support for Ukraine’s armed forces.Germany has declared 40 Russian diplomats “persona non grata” and given them five days to leave the country, German media reported.The Russian Embassy in Germany issued a statement Thursday confirming that Germany has declared 40 Russian diplomats as “persona non grata”.’The unjustified reduction of Russian diplomatic staff is narrowing the space for dialogue between Russia and Germany and further worsening relations,’ the statement said.France has decided to expel a number of Russian diplomats whose activities “violate French security interests,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday.France has decided to expel 35 Russian diplomats, French media reported.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in an interview with Russian media that The Russian side will respond to Germany and France’s decision.Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Federal Security Council, said on social media that Russia would respond reciprocally to the expulsion of Russian diplomats by a number of European countries.He stressed that the expulsion of Russian diplomats was a sign of continued pressure on Russia and “nothing changes.”Source: Xinhua