BERLIN, 8 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Russian Embassy in Berlin confirmed the receipt of a note from the German Foreign Ministry on the announcement of one diplomatic officer persona non grata, the embassy said in a statement.
“On February 8, 2021, the representative of the Russian Embassy in Berlin was handed a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany announcing the announcement of one of the employees of the diplomatic mission” persona non grata “. We consider this decision as an unjustified and unfriendly step that does not contribute to the positive development of Russian-German relations. in this regard, a strong protest, “- said in a statement.
The Russian Embassy in Berlin announced “openly confrontational” gestures of the FRG in connection with the decision to expel the employee; they will be given “adequate and proportionate answers,” the diplomatic mission said in a statement.
“We regret that lately Berlin has been increasingly resorting to openly confrontational gestures towards Russia. Any unfriendly manifestations will continue to receive adequate and proportionate responses,” the embassy said, confirming that it had received a note of recognition as persona non grata of one of the mission staff …
Earlier, the German Foreign Ministry declared the employee of the Russian Embassy in Berlin persona non grata in response to Russia's decision of February 5. The foreign ministry said in a statement that Russia had previously expelled several EU diplomats, including an employee of the German embassy in Moscow; this decision in Berlin is considered “in no way justified.”
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the diplomats of Sweden, Poland and Germany who participated in uncoordinated actions in Russia were declared persona non grata and would leave the country in the near future. We are talking about the diplomatic staff of the Consulates General of the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Poland in St. Petersburg and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Moscow.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the expulsion of European diplomats was the result of the actions of some foreign missions against the background of illegal actions; By expelling three EU diplomats, Russia has made it clear that it will not tolerate this.