Lithuania declared the representative of the Russian Embassy in Vilnius Persona Non-Grata

On Monday, October 3, the Baltic state of Lithuania, which borders Russia, ordered Russia’s chief envoy to leave within five days.

According to the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the representative of the Russian Embassy, ​​Sergej Riabokonas, was handed a note in which he, the confidant of Russian affairs, was declared persona non grata. , messages.

“This decision of Lithuania was made, taking into account the information provided by the responsible institutions, justifying the fact that the recent actions and statements of S. Riabokonos are incompatible with the status of a diplomat, and can be treated as internal interference. affairs of the host state and are therefore considered a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. the statement said.

According to the ministry, the representative of the Russian embassy in Lithuania strongly opposed the illegal decision announced by the Russian president last week regarding the annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye districts, some of which are temporarily occupied. Russia.

Russia’s all-out invasion of Ukraine prompted European authorities to tighten restrictions on Russians.

April, The Greek authorities also decided to expel 12 members of Russian diplomatic and consular missions from the country.

In this regard, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that such a decision was taken as a response to the crimes committed by Russian forces against unarmed Ukrainian civilians in the town of Bucha.

Also, in the same month Spain also announced that the country had deported around 25 Russian diplomats and embassy staff after a mass grave was found in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.

Spanish authorities have announced the deportation of these individuals, following similar moves by other European countries.

A similar decision was made by the Estonian authorities. In March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia delivered a diplomatic note to the Russian ambassador in Estonia, stating that three employees of the Russian Embassy were declared unpaid.

Commenting on the decision, Deputy Secretary Tammsaar added that the three men were also directly and actively involved in undermining Estonia’s security and spreading propaganda justifying Russia’s military actions.

By the way, three other employees of the Embassy of the Russian Federation were declared persona non grata Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs.

According to the Minister, the current activities of the persons under diplomatic cover are incompatible with their diplomatic status and harm the Republic of Latvia.

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