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In the last 48 hours: Europeans expel 150 Russian diplomats

In the last 48 hours
Europeans expel 150 Russian diplomats

The Ukraine war is causing a diplomatic crisis, and it’s only getting worse. Within two days, major European countries expelled a total of 150 Russian diplomats. Germany alone evicts 40 people. Russia wants to respond equally.

In connection with the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, around 150 Russian diplomats were expelled from Europe within 48 hours. On Tuesday, Italy and Spain, among others, asked dozens of diplomats from Russia to leave the country. The Kremlin condemned the expulsions and announced countermeasures.

“Restricting the possibilities for diplomatic communication in such an unprecedentedly difficult crisis environment is a short-sighted step,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in Moscow. This further complicates the dialogue between Moscow and the EU that is needed to resolve the conflict. The expulsion of the Russian diplomats “will inevitably lead to retaliatory measures,” Peskov added.

France and Germany had already expelled dozens of Russian diplomats in response to the atrocities in the Ukrainian town of Bucha on Monday. The federal government declared 40 diplomats to be “undesirable persons” on Monday. According to representatives of the Foreign Ministry, France called on 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country.

Italy and Spain also expel many diplomats

Other EU countries then took similar measures on Tuesday. Italy expelled 30 Russian diplomats. The move was taken in agreement “with our European and transatlantic partners for reasons of national security,” Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told RaiNews24.

The expulsion of the Russian diplomats is also related to the “current crisis situation,” Di Maio said, referring to the Ukraine war. The Russian ambassador had been informed about the measure, according to the Foreign Ministry in Rome.

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said at a press conference in Madrid that the around 25 Russian diplomats who were asked to leave the country were a “threat to the interests of the country”. Denmark and Sweden also ordered the expulsion of Russian diplomats.

Kremlin calls dead in Bucha “staged show”

The atrocities in the Kiev suburb of Bucha had triggered horror across Europe. The Ukrainian authorities discovered dozens of bodies in the small town near Kyiv over the weekend after Russian troops withdrew.

Kremlin spokesman Peskov spoke of a “monstrous forgery” by the Ukrainian side in the city of Bucha. “We insist that any allegations against the Russian side, against Russian soldiers, are not just baseless, but a well-staged show,” he said. He did not give any evidence for this.

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