Russian Foreign Ministry expelled 3 employees of the German, Swedish and Polish diplomatic missions and said that the expulsion decision was due to “their participation in unauthorized demonstrations in support of the arrested opposition figure, Alexei Navalny.”
In a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, it said that it summoned the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden, the Chargé d’Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the representative of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, where it informed them of its protest “against the registered participation of employees of the Swedish and Polish Consulates General in St. Petersburg and the German Embassy in Moscow in the illegal demonstrations on January 23, 2021 “.
And she stressed that “such behavior by them is considered unacceptable and does not coincide with their diplomatic attributes.”
Russian Foreign Ministry added that “the diplomats participating in the illegal demonstrations were declared persona non grata in accordance with the Vienna Agreement for Diplomatic Relations signed on April 18, 1961,” adding that they were instructed to leave the Russian Federation as soon as possible.
ministry concluded its statement by saying that “the Russian side expects that the Swedish, Polish and German diplomatic missions, along with their cadres, will strictly abide by the provisions of international law.”