MOSCOW. February 8. /TASS/. Germany, Poland and Sweden declared three Russian diplomats working in each of the countries personae non gratae on the evening of February 8. The move came as a response for the expulsion of the countries' diplomats from Russia over participation in unsanctioned rallies.
The tweets about the expulsion of Russian diplomats were issued on the foreign ministries' accounts almost concurrently.
"With this step, the Federal Government is responding to a decision by the Russian Federation of Friday, 5 February 2021," the Federal Foreign Office of Germany said.
"We have informed the Russian Ambassador that a person from the Russian embassy is asked to leave Sweden. This is a clear response to the unacceptable decision to expel a Swedish diplomat who was only preforming his duties," Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde wrote.
We have informed the Russian Ambassador that a person from the Russian embassy is asked to leave Sweden. This is a clear response to the unacceptable decision to expel a Swedish diplomat who was only preforming his duties.— Ann Linde (@AnnLinde) February 8, 2021
"In response to the groundless expulsion of the Polish diplomat by the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided today in accordance with the principle of reciprocity and in coordination with Germany and Sweden to consider the Russian diplomat working at the Russian Consulate General in Poznan as a persona non grata," the Polish Foreign Ministry said.
Expulsion of diplomats by Moscow
On February 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry informed that the Swedish, German and Polish diplomats who took part in unauthorized protest rallies in Moscow and St. Petersburg on January 23 are expelled from the country. Representatives of these countries’ embassies were summoned to the Russian ministry and handed notes of protest.