BRUSSELS, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. The function of any diplomat, according to the Vienna Convention, is to monitor and analyze the situation in the host country, and not to participate in political actions, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told reporters in Brussels, commenting on the expulsion of three European diplomats from Russia and the EU’s sharp reaction to this. decision.
“Yes, the function of any diplomat, any diplomatic agent, in the language of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (in this case, there is nothing wrong with this term) is to monitor and analyze the situation in the host country, including the internal political situation. the point is to analyze and monitor the situation in the host country, and the other is to participate in specific political actions, “he said.
Chizhov stressed that “what the three European diplomats in Moscow and St. Petersburg were declared persona non grata for, concerned precisely illegal actions.” “Moreover, their illegality was well known in advance both to the diplomats themselves and to their leaders,” he added.
Answering the question of how, in his opinion, the Belgian authorities and the media would react if Russian diplomats “watched”, for example, the recent rally near the Gare du Nord in Brussels, during which protesters almost threw stones at the car of the King of the Belgians Philippe, Russia's Permanent Representative to the EU, emphasized that “it is difficult for him to imagine a situation in which one of the employees would participate in such an action even as an observer.” “At an event like the one that took place near the North Station in Brussels, I would, of course, I never sent any of my employees. Moreover, I would not allow them to participate in this even on their own initiative. This is not our function, “the high-ranking Russian diplomat noted.
Commenting on the story of throwing stones in the direction of the Belgian royal cortege, Chizhov pointed out that not a single stone hit the king's car at that time. “And the question is, who is more fortunate in this – the king or the demonstrators,” concluded Russia's permanent representative to the European Union.
Last week, 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.
The European Union harshly condemned this decision of Russia, insisting that employees of diplomatic missions did not engage in any activity that violated their diplomatic status, but only performed their functions. On Monday, Poland, Germany and Sweden announced retaliatory steps and the expulsion of Russian diplomats from these countries.