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The Russian authorities declared the employee of the Montenegrin embassy in Moscow persona non grata , the message on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.
“This measure is a response to the unjustified decision taken on April 7 by the Montenegrin side to declare «persona non grata» a number of diplomats of the Russian Embassy in Podgorica»,— specified in the diplomatic department.
On April 7, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro declared four Russian diplomats persona non grata. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, warned that Moscow would respond to the actions of Montenegro.
In March, after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Slovakia announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. Most of the diplomats were expelled from Poland— 45 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission left the country. Moscow responded by announcing mirror measures.
The second wave of deportations began on 4 April. The German Foreign Ministry announced that 40 diplomats will be expelled from the country, Italy will send 30 people, Denmark— 15, Greece— 12, Norway and Sweden— three diplomats each, Luxembourg— one.
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Later, Spain declared 25 Russian diplomats persona non grata, Slovenia— 33, Portugal and Romania— for 10 people. 19 people were expelled from the Russian Permanent Mission to the EU in Belgium.
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