“The Latvian ambassador Māris Riekstiņš has been ordered to leave the Russian Federation within two weeks,” said the statement from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Riekstiņš had been due to leave on February 24 – the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine – in any case as a show of support for Russia's expulsion of the Estonian ambassador, as previously reported by LSM.
Riekstiņš commented on the Russian decision on Latvian Radio: “In diplomatic conversation, this means that the Russian side underlines its frustration with Latvia's decision to reduce the level of diplomatic relations. What of course, is missing from Russia's official statement today is the main cause of where this situation came from. This situation stems from Russia's aggression against a sovereign neighboring Ukraine, which is already taking place over a year, and there is nothing to suggest that Russia is prepared to reconsider this policy.”