Russia Expels Baltic State Diplomats in Retaliation

Russia has expelled a seven eight diplomats from three Baltic nations and Slovakia in a retaliatory response to their governments’ own Russian diplomats.

Four Baltic diplomats, two from Lithuania and one each from Estonia and Latvia, have been expelled from Russia  last week. Three diplomats from Slovakia have also been ordered to leave the country.

Russian foreign ministry said Latvian Ambassador Maris Riekstins, Lithuanian Ambassador Eitvydas Bajarunas, and Estonian charge d’affaires ad interim Piret Reintamm Benno were summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

“Based on the principle of reciprocity, we demanded that two employees of the Lithuanian embassy and one employee of the embassies of Latvia and Estonia each leave the territory of the Russian Federation within a seven-day period,” a statement published on the ministry website said.

The statement also read that the strong protest was expressed to the heads of diplomatic missions in connection with the provocative.

“Unfounded actions to expel the employees of the Russian embassies in thRussia has expelled a total of seven diplomats from three Baltic nations and Slovakia in a retaliatory response to their governments’ Russian diplomats.

Four Baltic diplomats, two from Lithuania and one each from Estonia and Latvia, have been expelled from Russia last week. Three diplomats from Slovakia have also been ordered to leave the country.

Russian foreign ministry said Latvian Ambassador Maris Riekstins, Lithuanian Ambassador Eitvydas Bajarunas, and Estonian charge d’affaires ad interim Piret Reintamm Benno were summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

“Based on the principle of reciprocity, we demanded that two employees of the Lithuanian embassy and one employee of the embassies of Latvia and Estonia each leave the territory of the Russian Federation within a seven-day period,” a statement published on the ministry website said.

The statement also read that the strong protest was expressed to the heads of diplomatic missions in connection with the provocative.

“Unfounded actions to expel the employees of the Russian embassies in the Baltic states. It is indicated that Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn continue to pursue an openly hostile course towards our country, hiding in this case behind pseudo-solidarity with the indiscriminate actions of the Czech Republic towards Russia,” it added.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Russia will retaliate.

“The authorities of these countries can have no doubts about our response. Their diplomats can already start planning who among them will have to pack their things,” she told local reporters.e Baltic states. It is indicated that Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn continue to pursue an openly hostile course towards our country, hiding in this case behind pseudo-solidarity with the indiscriminate actions of the Czech Republic towards Russia,” it added.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Russia will retaliate.

“The authorities of these countries can have no doubts about our response. Their diplomats can already start planning who among them will have to pack their things,” she told local reporters.


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