Russia to expel one Latvian diplomat in tit-for-tat move

Russia will expel one Latvian diplomat from the country, who will have to leave the country by April 6, Foreign Ministry spokesman Gints Jegermanis told the LETA newswire March 30.

''Our charge d'affaires was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he was told that one Latvian diplomat will have to leave the country by April 6,'' Jegermanis said.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman did not reveal the diplomat's name nor his position, but confirmed that it is not Latvian Ambassador to Russia Maris Riekstins.

As previously reported, the US and 18 EU member states, including Latvia, as well as Canada and Ukraine earlier this week announced the expulsion of scores of Russian diplomats in response to a suspected assassination attempt using nerve agent in the UK.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that NATO has expelled seven diplomats from Russia’s mission to the alliance and blocked the appointment of three others.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) announced in a press conference on Monday that for violation of the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations and in solidarity with the UK over the so-called Salisbury attack, Latvia would expel a Russian diplomat, the second secretary of the Russian embassy, as well as blacklisting a Russian citizen, the head of a Latvian representation of Russian Aeroflot company.

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