Russia decided to expel three employees of the Slovak Embassy in Moscow in response to the expulsion of three of its diplomats, the Foreign Ministry said
Moscow considered the Slovak side’s act “baseless” and strongly protested.
“This unfriendly step of Bratislava is regarded as contrary to the traditional spirit of constructive development of relations between our countries,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.
The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that they were guided by the principle of reciprocity.
Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia reported the expulsion of three Russian diplomats whose actions allegedly contradicted the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
In addition, the Slovak side saw “abuse in issuing visas” at the Consulate General of Slovakia in St. Petersburg. According to RIA Novosti, the agency’s spokesman Juraj Tomaga, in this case, it is a crime in the territory of another NATO member state and the EU. He did not specify what kind of crime it was.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, commenting on the situation, said that “it’s not about Slovakia itself.” At a press conference following the talks with his German counterpart, the Russian minister noted that only the US State Department gave a positive assessment of the decision of the Slovak authorities.