Ireland to Expel Russian Diplomats

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney summoned the Russian ambassador on Wednesday to advise him that Russian diplomats have to leave because their activities “have not been in accordance with international standards of diplomatic behavior.”

“This afternoon, the Department of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian Ambassador to Iveagh House to advise him that four senior officials have been asked to leave the State,” the ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The statement added that the Irish government “continues to believe that diplomatic channels between Ireland and the Russian Federation should remain open.”

Micheál Martin, who had been asked to expel the Russian Ambassador by Labour Leader Ivana Bacik earlier in proceedings, said he was “conscious” that as he was being questioned on the topic, the ambassador was being summoned to Iveagh House.

“I received security advice yesterday. I met yesterday in relation to this with our national security team, and under Article 9 or the 1961 Convention, we’ve taken these actions,” Martin said.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Russian embassy said the move “will not go unanswered”.

“The Embassy of Russia in Ireland has been informed by the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland of the decision by the Government of Ireland to request that four members of the diplomatic staff of the Embassy leave Ireland shortly because allegedly their actions have been found to be unacceptable,” the embassy said.

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