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Foreign Minister Maas on the expulsion of European diplomats by Russia

05.02.2021 - Press release

Today, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement on the expulsion of European diplomats by Russia (05/02):

Russia's decision to expel multiple EU diplomats, including a member of the diplomatic staff of the German Embassy in Moscow, is in no way justified and further damages relations with Europe.

The German diplomat in question merely exercised his function pursuant to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of observing developments in Russia by lawful means. If the Russian Federation does not reconsider its decision, this will not remain unanswered.

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