Netherlands ousts Russian diplomats, Moscow to respond

Netherlands ousts Russian diplomats, Moscow to respond
# 19 February 2023 02:01 (UTC +04:00)

The Dutch government asserted on Saturday in a statement that due to Russia’s "unacceptable" actions, it has ordered a certain number of the latter’s diplomats to leave the country, to which the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would give "an appropriate response", APA reports citing Teletrader.

"Russia is trying, again and again, to covertly place intelligence officers in the Netherlands as diplomats. At the same time, Russia refuses to issue visas for Dutch diplomats to staff the consulate-general in Saint Petersburg and the embassy in Moscow," the government shared.

For that reason, Russia will not be allowed to have a higher number of diplomats in the Hague than the Dutch embassy in Moscow and will have to downsize. Meanwhile, the consulate in Saint Petersburg will be temporarily shut down due to staff shortages. Additionally, the government decided to shut down the Russian trade office in Amsterdam.

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