War in Ukraine: France deplores the dismissal of a member of the embassy in Moscow

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The Quai d’Orsay deplored, Thursday, the “unjustified decision” of Russia to return a member of the French embassy in Moscow. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, “instructed the competent services of the ministry to quickly present her with options to define the follow-up to be given”.

France deplores Russia’s “unjustified decision” to dismiss a member of the French embassy in Moscow, the Quai d’Orsay said Thursday, June 23.

“The Russian authorities informed our ambassador in Moscow last Friday that the presence of an embassy agent on their territory was no longer desired. No legitimate basis was provided,” the ministry spokeswoman said. French for Foreign Affairs.

The minister, Catherine Colonna, “instructed the competent departments of the ministry to quickly present her with options to define the follow-up to be given”.

Thirty French diplomats expelled

Russia had already announced on May 18 the expulsion of 34 French diplomats, in response to a similar measure taken by France in April.

On April 4, a few weeks after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Paris had expelled 35 Russian nationals with diplomatic status as part of a broader action at European level, resulting in the expulsion of more than 300 Russian diplomats in total.

The French Foreign Ministry also announced a week later the dismissal of six Russian agents accused of activities contrary to national security.

With AFP

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