Russia expels Danish diplomats

According to the Foreign Ministry, Moscow retaliated last month against the expulsion of the Russian envoy from Denmark.

Russia last month opened the door to retaliation for the expulsion of its diplomats by seven Danish embassy officials working in Moscow.

In a statement released Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Danish ambassador Karlsten Sondergard and declared 15 Russian diplomats working at the Danish embassy and trade office on April 5. He said he had expressed Moscow’s protest against Copenhagen’s “unjustified” decision to do so. Moscow also opposed Copenhagen’s provision of military aid to Ukraine.

Russia warned Scandinavian countries that its “blatant anti-Russian policy” would seriously undermine relations between the two countries.

A statement reveals that in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats in early April, Moscow has now declared seven Danish embassy officials, Persona non grata. These Danish diplomats were ordered to leave the country within two weeks, and another diplomat was denied a Russian visa.

In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned the Danish ambassador that Moscow reserves the right to take additional steps in the future.

In early April, Denmark joined a number of European countries and expelled Russian diplomats in the Ukrainian conflict.

At the time, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod tweeted, “Denmark expels 15 Russian intelligence officers working at the Russian embassy in Copenhagen. They threaten our national security.” Copenhagen added that “maintaining diplomatic relations is for our mutual benefit” but “does not accept Russian espionage in Danish soil.”

Danish officials also revealed that Copenhagen had announced to Russian ambassador Vladimir Barbin “strong condemnation of Russia’s atrocities against Ukrainian citizens in Bucha.”

Ukraine and its western allies have accused Russian troops of killing hundreds of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha in late March. Moscow now claims that the tragic scene was staged by the Ukrainian army to form a retreating Russian army.

Russia attacked the Ukrainian state in late February after Kyiv failed to meet the terms of the Minsk Agreement, which was first signed in 2014, and Moscow finally approved the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics of Donbas. .. The German-French intermediary protocol was designed to give special status to secession areas within Ukraine. The Kremlin has since officially demanded that Ukraine be a neutral nation that never participates in the US-led NATO military block. Kieu argued that Russia’s attack was not completely provoked and denied allegations that it had planned to forcibly recapture the two republics.

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