Russia has revoked the credentials of three officials from EU nations, over claims they took part in unauthorized rallies in support of jailed opposition figure Alexey Navalny.
Moscow’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had made formal protests to the embassies of Germany, Poland and Sweden.
Representatives of these countries are said to have participated in mass-demonstrations that saw thousands take to the streets in cities across Russia over the past two weeks.
Russian authorities have consistently claimed that other nations have sought to influence the circumstances surrounding Navalny’s arrest and subsequent imprisonment on charges that he’d violated the terms of a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence.
Zakharova had previously claimed a Swedish diplomat had participated in the rallies, citing it as an example of hostile foreign interference.
However, in comments to RT, Stockholm’s representatives denied this was the case, insisting that their official had simply “observed the demonstrations in St. Petersburg, which is standard diplomatic procedure.”
The news comes at the same time as a working visit from Josep Borrell, the Spanish politician serving at the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy in Moscow.
He used a press conference earlier on Friday to praise Russia’s development of the Sputnik V Covid-19 jab and played down talk of sanctions over the Navalny case.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Political News 2021.