The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) confirms that a Romanian diplomat accredited in Russia was declared “persona non grata,” after our country adopted a similar measure in solidarity with the UK following the Salisbury attack.
“The MAE reiterates its position to condemn any action threatening the collective security and the international law,” a release of the Ministry informs.
On Friday, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry convened the ambassadors and other diplomatic representatives of the countries that expelled Russian diplomats following the Segei Skripal case – the former Russian spy who had been poisoned on 4 March in the UK, an action which London attributed to Moscow-, a diplomatic representative of Romania was also among those convened, DPA and Sputniknews agencies informed.
The MAE notified on Monday the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bucharest that one of its diplomats will be declared “persona non grata,” being forced to leave Romania’s soil.
ForMin Melescanu: Decision to expel Russian diplomat, manifestation of Romania’s solidarity for “serious incidents” in Great Britain
Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu said on Friday in Timisoara that the decision to expel the Russian diplomat in Bucharest was a manifestation of Romania’s solidarity for the “serious incidents” in Great Britain, but refused to make public the name of the Russian advisor.
“The decision to expel the Russian diplomat was, in fact, a manifestation of Romania’s solidarity and support for the serious incidents occurred in the UK. The decision was to expel a diplomat from the Russian Embassy in Bucharest, it is about an advisor whose name I cannot give it because of preserving the character of personal data,” Teodor Melescanu told a press conference.
According to him, the discussion with the Russian ambassador in Bucharest was very simple, “we have presented the expulsion request, and Mr. Ambassador Kuzmin referred to the fact that nothing that is said is true, that Russia did not do such a thing, there is no evidence”.
Teodor Melescanu said that the answer of the Romanian side was that “indeed, we are at a time when all sorts of tests and exams are being carried out, it seems that the origin is from Russia, but the most important thing is that there is no other logical explanation of having someone else to have used this neuro-paralyzing gas.”
“It was a very clear discussion from our position as a member of NATO and the EU and the position of the Russian Federation,” concluded Melescanu.