Russia is expelling three Norwegian diplomats in response to Norway expelling Russian diplomats in April. Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) is not surprised by the decision.
The three are Norwegian diplomats at the embassy in Moscow, it is stated in a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.
They have been declared unwanted in Russia. The expulsion comes as a reaction to Norway expelling three Russian diplomats on April 6.
“Our decision to declare three Russian diplomats unwanted in Norway before Easter was taken because they have conducted activities that contradict their diplomatic status. It is also an expression of our reaction to Russia’s brutal behavior in Ukraine,” Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt (AP) told NTB.
At the same time, she noted she was not surprised by Russia’s decision.
“Norway will continue to stand with our close allies and partners against Russia’s aggression and in our support of Ukraine.”
“Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has had consequences on relations between Norway and Russia. Like other European countries and allies, we have reduced contact with the Russian authorities to a minimum. We want to protect cooperation and channels of direct importance for safety and security,” she added.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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