MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. An employee of the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow has been declared persona non grata and must leave Russia until the end of the day on April 30, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
"Following Ukraine’s unfriendly actions, when an employee of the Russian embassy in Kiev was declared persona non grata on April 19 and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity for activities incompatible with the diplomatic status, an employee of the Ukrainian embassy in Russia was declared persona non grata. He is to leave Russia by the end of the day on April 30. A corresponding verbal note was referred today to the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow," the ministry said.
Moscow will take extra measures in case Kiev continues its hostile actions against Russian diplomats, the Russian Foreign Ministry continued. "The Ukrainian side has been warned that in case it continues hostile actions against employees of Russian diplomatic and consular missions in Ukraine, additional measures will be taken against personnel of Ukrainian embassies, consulates general and consulates in Russia on the basis of reciprocity," it said.