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Russia expels French diplomat ‘without justification’

Russia expels French diplomat 'without justification'

June 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Russian Government has transmitted this Thursday to the French Embassy in Moscow that the presence of one of its employees is no longer desired, although it has not provided “any legal justification”.

As reported by a representative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the media, the Russian authorities have transferred this order to the French ambassador in Moscow, Pierre Lévy, according to the Interfax agency.

“No legal justification has been provided. We regret this unjustified decision,” said a spokesman for the Russian diplomatic portfolio, who has anticipated that the Foreign Minister, Catherine Colonna, has ordered the evaluation of options to “determine future actions.”

“In this context, we would like to salute the exemplary work of the diplomats and employees of our Embassy in Russia. This work is fully consistent with the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations,” said the source consulted by the Russian agency.

Already in mid-May, the Russian government announced the expulsion of 34 French diplomats in response to the “provocative and unjustified” decision by Paris to declare 41 Russians persona non grata in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

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