The head of the State Department said that Moscow once again refuses to fulfill its international obligations.
The U.S. condemns the expulsion of three European diplomats from Russia and considers the move another example of Moscow’s non-compliance with its international obligations. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated this on Saturday.
On his Twitter, Blinken wrote, “This unwarranted and unfair move once again demonstrates Russia’s departure from its international obligations. We express our solidarity with Germany, Poland, and Sweden.”
That is how the State Department spokesman commented on the expulsion of diplomats from the embassies of Germany, Poland, and Sweden who had been present at the January 23 rallies in support of Alexei Navalny. Blinken stressed that the United States is expressing its solidarity with Germany, Poland, and Sweden.
Earlier, the decision to expel the diplomats had drawn criticism from European politicians. Among them are German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who called the move “a crude attempt to divert attention from Russia’s attacks on opposition leaders, protesters, and journalists.
Heiko Maas, head of the German Foreign Ministry, said that the German authorities “will not leave the expulsion of its diplomat from Russia unanswered,” if Moscow does not change its decision, Radio Liberty reported. According to him, Russia’s decision causes “even more damage to relations with Europe.
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