Moscow has kicked out EU diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared 18 employees of the EU Delegation “Persona non Grata” as a response to the unfriendly actions of the European Union.

Moscow summoned the head of the Delegation of the European Union, Markus Ederer, to express his strong objection to the earlier unjustified expulsion of 19 employees of the Russian Permanent Mission to the EU and Euratom.

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The Russian side stated the EU was responsible for the consistent sabotage and destruction of the architecture of bilateral dialogue and cooperation that has been created for decades, the ministry said in a statement.

Ederer also was given a reminder of the necessity for the European Union to obey the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

As a response to the unfriendly actions of the EU, 18 employees of the European Union Delegation to Russia have been declared ‘persona non grata’ and will have to leave the territory of the Russian Federation in the near future.

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The EU condemned what it called an unjustified, baseless decision of Moscow? The spokes-person of the bloc, Peter Stano, said this measure was pure retaliation which would only lead to deepening Russia’s isolation.

On April 5, the EU declared the 19 Russian diplomats personae non gratae, saying that they were engaging in activities contrary to their diplomatic status.

The expulsion of EU diplomats has become the latest round in the ongoing diplomatic conflict between Russia and Western countries, which intensified after the launch of the Russian offensive in Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

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Dozens of Russian diplomats have been expelled and Russia has warned that each expulsion would incur retaliation.

Russia attacked its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk Agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

The German and French brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

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The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc.

Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force, ignoring the 60.000 deaths accomplished by military operations in the Donbass.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.

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BTFOfffice
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15-04-22 23:01

Russia should stop retaliating and take the initiative. Keep them guessing.

BullGator17
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15-04-22 23:08

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No Mayor
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15-04-22 23:02

Kick out all the snakes. All of them.

Persecuted American
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Reply to  No Mayor
15-04-22 23:06

Now the rainbow pride parade will have no participants.

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15-04-22 23:09

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Bashar Bothisattva
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15-04-22 23:05

The spokesperson of the bloc, Peter Stano, said this measure was “pure retaliation” – As it should be. Tit for tat. Give them a direct and immediate answer every single time and don’t yield one iota. Russia’s will shall not waver for a second. Only in the mind of these absolutist fanatics do they think they can do whatever they want to whomever whenever and direct proportional retaliation is somehow unjustified

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