Moscow declared on Friday the persona non grata of diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden accused of participating in a demonstration in favor of the imprisoned opponent Alexeï Navalny, an announcement on the day of the visit of the head of European diplomacy.
These diplomats, whose number is not specified, are accused of having participated in these gatherings “illegal on January 23” in St. Petersburg and Moscow, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Actions deemed “unacceptable” by Moscow
Russian diplomacy considers “such actions unacceptable and incompatible with their diplomatic status”. “The Russian side expects that in the future the diplomatic missions of the Kingdom of Sweden, the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany and their staff will scrupulously respect the standards of international law”, a- she continued.
A few hours earlier, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borell had judged that relations with Russia were “at their lowest” because of the poisoning and imprisonment of Alexeï Navalny.