Yesterday several European countries announced the expulsion yesterday of Russian diplomats accused in espionage and threatening host country security. Yesterday’s report by the Belgian federal government was that21 people are accredited as diplomatsThey had fifteen days to leave the country. This decision was taken in coordination avec the Netherlands. Within two weeks, 17 people will be expelled.
“This decision is not a sanction but is connected to our national security. Diplomatic channels remain open with Russia, the Russian embassy can continue and we will continue advocating dialogue”, Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmés explained yesterday. These individuals will need to leave Belgium. They provided their services at both the Russian consulate in Antwerp and the Russian Embassy in Belgium.
Poland decided on March 23 to also deny 45 Russian diplomats accreditationThese people were deemed to be a threat to national security, and they were ordered to leave the country within five days.This roughly halved staff at the Embassy in Warsaw.
The most recent scandal was the expulsion by NATO, based at Brussels, of eight Russian diplomats from its headquarters. They were also accused for espionage.Despite the fact this information was denied the Kremlin. Moscow responded to this withdrawal by closing the Alliance Office before the military organisation – where 10 people were still providing their services – and suspending all communication channels. This was also done in response to the multilateral Organization’s respective closing of its representation in Russia.
Moscow was able to confirm these facts and announcedThese expulsions will be answered by him, but he didn’t explain how much the Kremlin would pay and if so. “We will respond to everyone,” announced the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Russia, Maria Zajárova.
Despite the ongoing bloody conflict in Ukraine. The EU continues to fight for the delicate channels of dialogue. Just yesterday, the French President Emmanuel Macron reconnected with Vladimir Putin. In fact, although the Russian president and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have been included in the list of those sanctioned with the freezing of their assets on European soil, it has been decided not to apply the visa exemption to travel to the EU – a measure that is is operative for the rest of the punished – as a small symbol of the need to maintain contacts.