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Swedish diplomat took part in unauthorized rally in Russia — Russian Foreign Ministry

Foreign ministers of Russia and Sweden addressed the issue

MOSCOW, February 3. /TASS/. A staff member of the Swedish Embassy in Moscow attended an unauthorized rally in Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde at a meeting, according to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

"Keeping an eye on what is going on is a duty of diplomats, but this should be done not in a form of a political action, and without participation in rallies. By the way, a Swedish diplomat took part in rallies. He was present there, and this issue was also raised today [at Lavrov’s meeting with Linde]," Zakharova told the Dozhd TV channel on Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, who is currently the chairperson-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), held negotiations in Moscow on Tuesday. Apart from bilateral issues and questions related to the work of the OSCE, the two top diplomats discussed the situation surrounding Alexey Navalny.