Russian foreign minister Lavrov goes on the attack in face of Navalny criticism
The head of the State Department said that Moscow once again refuses to fulfill international obligations
The United States condemns the expulsion of three European diplomats from Russia and considers this step as another example of Moscow’s failure to comply with its international obligations. This was announced on Saturday by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
Blinken tweeted: “This unreasonable and unjust step once again demonstrates Russia’s withdrawal from international obligations. We express our solidarity with Germany, Poland and Sweden “.
Thus, the head of the State Department commented on the expulsion from Russia of diplomats from the embassies of Germany, Poland and Sweden, who were present at the rallies in support of Alexei Navalny on January 23. Blinken stressed that the United States expresses solidarity with Germany, Poland and Sweden.
Earlier, the decision to expel diplomats drew criticism from European politicians. Among them are German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Josep Borrell, and British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who called the move “a crude attempt to divert attention from Russia’s attacks on opposition leaders, protesters and journalists.”.
According to Radio Liberty, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the German authorities “will not leave unanswered” the expulsion of their diplomat from Russia if Moscow does not change its decision. According to him, Russia’s decision is “even more harmful to relations with Europe.”.
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