Moscow vowed today (Tuesday) to respond appropriately to Sweden’s expulsion of five of its diplomats, according to the “Novosti” agency, quoting a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry.
A source in the ministry said, “As the Russian side confirmed earlier, Russia will provide an appropriate response,” commenting on Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Bilstrom’s announcement of the expulsion of five Russian diplomats, accusing them of carrying out activities inconsistent with the diplomatic situation.
“Sweden summoned today (Tuesday) the Russian ambassador, Viktor Tatarintsev, and informed him that five embassy employees had been asked to leave the country because their activities contradicted the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” Bilstrom told SVT TV. their diplomatic status.
It is noteworthy that there is tension between the West and Russia, and a number of European countries exchanged expulsions of diplomats, especially Sweden, which kept the position of the Russian embassy’s advisor for cultural affairs vacant after the end of the current advisor’s duties last August, and the Russian embassy described this decision as politicized.