Moscow said Thursday it was expelling five Swedish diplomats and closing Russia’s general consulate in Gothenburg and Sweden’s diplomatic mission in Saint Petersburg, APA reports citing Alarabiya.
The Russian foreign ministry said that the Swedish ambassador Malena Mard had been summoned and informed of Moscow’s retaliatory measures over her country’s “confrontational course.”
“A decision was made to declare five Swedish diplomats persona non grata,” the Russian foreign ministry said.
Moscow’s general consulate in Gothenburg will be shuttered on September 1, the Russian foreign ministry added in a statement.
Sweden’s general consulate in Saint Petersburg will have to stop operations by that time as well, the statement said.