BRUSSELS, February 7 – RIA Novosti. EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell in his blog after his visit to Russia said that he learned about the expulsion of three European diplomats in Moscow from social networks, he asked Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to revise the decision, “but to no avail.” …
On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany who participated in uncoordinated actions in Russia have been declared persona non grata and will leave the country in the near future. We are talking about the diplomatic staff of the consulates general of Sweden and Poland in St. Petersburg and the German embassy in Moscow.
“Unfortunately, at the end of our meeting, we learned through social networks about the expulsion of three EU diplomats on unfounded claims that they did not act in accordance with their status as foreign diplomats, taking part in demonstrations. I asked Minister Lavrov to reconsider this decision. but no result, “Borrell wrote.
He stated that the visit to Moscow had become “very difficult” for him, the negotiations, at times, reached “a high degree of tension.”
Uncoordinated protests took place on January 23 in different cities of Russia and continued on February 31 and February 2, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, including about the danger of contracting coronavirus. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called the organizers of the uncoordinated actions provocateurs. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, everyone has the right to express an opinion, but “anything that goes beyond the law is not just counterproductive, but dangerous.”