Russia declares 15 Dutch diplomats personae non gratae

Russia has declared 14 staffers of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow and one employee of the Dutch Consulate General in St. Petersburg personae non gratae, News.Az reports citing the Russian Foreign Ministry.

On Tuesday, Dutch Ambassador Gilles Beschoor Plug was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry and handed a note of protest over the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the Netherlands, the ministry said in a statement.

On reciprocal action, Russia declared 14 Dutch diplomats personae non gratae, the ministry said, adding. “Dutch diplomats must leave Russia within 14 days.”

Earlier, the Netherlands made a decision to expel 17 Russian intelligence agents, who were accredited as diplomats, based on information from its own security services.

News.Az 

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