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War crimes trial for Russian soldier in Ukraine adjourned until Thursday after he pleads guilty

War crimes trial for Russian soldier in Ukraine adjourned until Thursday after he pleads guilty


Russia has declared 34 French diplomats “persona non grata” within the nation in response to a call by France to expel 41 Russian diplomats in April, Russia’s International Ministry mentioned Wednesday. 

French Ambassador to Moscow Pierre Levy was summoned to the Russian International Ministry on Wednesday, and “robust protest was expressed in reference to the provocative and unjustified choice” of French authorities to declare 41 Russian diplomats in France “persona non grata,” the ministry mentioned. 

“It was emphasised that this act inflicts severe harm to Russian-French relations and constructive bilateral cooperation,” the Russian International Ministry mentioned. 

“As a response, 34 French diplomats have been declared ‘persona non grata’,” the ministry added. “They had been ordered to depart the territory of Russia inside two weeks from the date of supply of the related notice to the Ambassador.”

France issued an announcement and mentioned it “strongly condemns” this transfer.

“The work of those diplomats and the employees of our embassy in Russia, whose braveness and nice professionalism France salutes, is totally throughout the framework of the Vienna Conference on diplomatic and consular relations. The choice of the Russian authorities has no respectable foundation. We will solely condemn it.”

Similarly, Russia additionally expelled 27 Spanish diplomats in Russia in response to a call by Spain to expel 27 Russian diplomats from the nation in April, Russia’s International Ministry mentioned in an announcement Wednesday.

The Russian overseas ministry has been expelling workers of many embassies in comparable retaliatory strikes. Among the most up-to-date nations that obtained an analogous response from Moscow embrace Finland, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Denmark and Norway amongst others.

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