The Russian foreign Ministry announced Slovak diplomat persona non grata
Moscow. 13 Dec. INTERFAX.RU — Russia declared persona non grata by the Slovak military diplomat in response to the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Slovakia, said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
“Slovak authorities expelled a Russian military diplomat. Because in accordance with common diplomatic practice of such unfriendly actions always involve a mirror response, the persona non grata in Russia was declared by the Slovak military attaché, who was to leave our country within two days”, — said Zakharov on Thursday at a briefing.
She said that a note was given to the Ambassador of Slovakia in Moscow on 11 December.
“We regret this unfriendly step of the Slovak side, which is contrary to the traditions of our bilateral relations”, — said Zakharov.
Last week it became known that the government of Slovakia expelled a Russian diplomat, as was evidence that he was involved in intelligence gathering. The Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic Peter Pellegrini announced that the incident occurred late last month. On 22 November, the diplomat announced that he should leave the Slovak territory. Russia has complied with this requirement within 48 hours.
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