February 8th, local time, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that in response to Russia’s expulsion of Polish diplomats, in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and in coordination with Germany and Sweden, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to list a staff member of the Russian Consulate General in Poznan, Poland as a person undesirable person and asked him to leave Poland as soon as possible. .
On the same day, Sweden and Germany also said they would expel a Russian diplomat respectively.
According to a Swedish TV local time on the 8th, Sweden said it would expel a Russian diplomat in response to the expulsion of a Swedish diplomat after the Russian demonstration.
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lind wrote on his social media, “We have notified the Russian ambassador to ask a staff member of the Russian embassy to leave Sweden.
This is a clear response to the decision to expel Swedish diplomats who only perform their duties.”
The German Foreign Office announced in Berlin on the 8th that Germany would expel a Russian diplomat in response to Russia’s expulsion of a German diplomat on Friday (February 5).
In a statement on the same day, the German Foreign Ministry announced that a diplomat from the Russian Embassy in Germany was listed as a “unpopular person”.
The statement also said that the Russian government’s decision to expel German diplomats was “unreasonable”.
German Foreign Minister Maas believes that Russia’s expulsion of German diplomats further undermines Russia’s relations with Europe.
German Chancellor Merkel also severely criticized the Russian expulsion, calling it “unreasonable”.
It is understood that Germany’s expulsion of Russian diplomats is “closely coordinated with Poland, Sweden and the European Union”.
On the evening of February 5th, local time, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on its website that three diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany were listed as undesirable and asked the three to leave Russia as soon as possible.
Three deported diplomats reportedly participated in the illegal rally demonstration on January 23.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the participation of diplomatic personnel in such activities is unacceptable and does not conform to their diplomatic status.