Russia expels three European diplomats to attend opposition protests

(EFE). Russia has declared that three diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden are not welcome to attend the anti-government protests in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The diplomats who participated in the illegal actions have been announced Unwanted person In accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (…). “They have received their orders to leave Russian territory as soon as possible,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of these three countries to express their “protest” against the participation of officials from the Swedish and Polish consulates in Saint Petersburg and the German embassy in Moscow on January 23.

Foreign Affairs confirmed that these “actions are unacceptable and inconsistent with their diplomatic status.”

Likewise, Foreign Affairs asserted that these are “unacceptable acts that are incompatible with their diplomatic standing.”

Moscow called on the diplomats of the three European countries to abide by the “strict” rules of international law.

On January 23 and 31, tens of thousands of Russians protested peacefully in various parts of Russia in support of Navalny.

The leader of the Russian opposition outside parliament was imprisoned on January 17 and sentenced on January 2 to an effective sentence of three and a half years for violating the terms of his suspended sentence, which he must serve for two years and 8 months after deducting ten months of house arrest.

The unauthorized protests have been violently suppressed by the police, with more than 10,000 arrests, according to the independent OVD-Info.

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