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Latvia expels Russian diplomat in solidarity with Czech Republic

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, in solidarity with the Czech government, has on April 23 declared one Russian Embassy diplomat an undesirable person (persona non grata).

According to information at the disposal of Latvian Television, the person is military attaché of the Russian Federation, Ruslan Ushakov. As LSM reported earlier in April, Ushakov was rebuked after being caught throwing a party disrespecting Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

The Czech authorities announced early in the week that they were expelling 18 Russian diplomats over possible links to a 2014 explosion at a weapons factory. Moscow reacted to this by expelling 20 Czech diplomats in turn.

The decision of Latvia is also based on mutual consultations with the EU and NATO allies and information provided by the responsible Latvian authorities.

 

“Latvia is interested in developing relations with Russia on the basis of mutual respect, international law and the principles set out in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Russia's actions have long shown systemic violations of such principles and deteriorating security,” quotes the release by Foreign Ministry.

 

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