The Government of Germany has ordered the expulsion of a diplomatic staff of the Russian Embassy in the country.
In Monday’s statement by Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it stated that the government took the action after the administration of Vladimir Putin had sent its diplomats packing for “observing developments in Russia by lawful means.”
It said, “Today, the Federal Foreign Office has declared a staff member of the Russian Embassy in Berlin persona non grata in accordance with Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 18 April 1961.
“With this step, the Federal Government is responding to a decision by the Russian Federation of Friday, 5 February 2021. Russia had expelled several EU diplomats, including a staff member of the Germany Embassy in Moscow. That decision was in no way justified. The German diplomat in question had merely exercised his function pursuant to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of observing developments in Russia by lawful means,” it stated.
Among other things, some countries and the European Union had condemned the imprisonment of Aleksei Navalny, Putin’s main political opponent.