PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, February 7 – RIA Novosti. The expulsion of three European diplomats due to their participation in illegal actions was a forced measure, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
On Friday, Moscow announced persona non grata employees of the Consulates General of Sweden and Poland in St. Petersburg and the German Embassy in Moscow, stressing that they should leave Russia in the near future. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called on the Foreign Ministry to reconsider this decision and rejected accusations that the Europeans “were conducting activities incompatible with diplomatic status.”
“Unfortunately, we were forced to take measures that we were simply forced to take. This is the expulsion of diplomats from three EU countries who participated in events that were not sanctioned, respectively, in illegal actions,” Zakharova said on the air of the Russia 1 “.
Uncoordinated protests took place in various cities of Russia on January 23 and 31, despite numerous warnings from the authorities. People also took to the streets on the evening of February 2 after the Simonovsky Court in Moscow replaced Navalny's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case with a real one – 3.5 years in a general regime colony.
As the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted earlier, “certain provocateurs,” whose actions were “well understood,” called for the actions. Vladimir Putin stressed that everyone has the right to express an opinion, but “anything that goes beyond the law is not just counterproductive, but dangerous.”
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