A Slovak military diplomat will have to leave Russia after being declared a persona non grata, the Russian news website Meduza reported on December 13.
The decision comes as a reaction to the earlier decision of Slovakia to expel a Russian diplomat in late November due to suspicions of espionage.
The Slovak diplomat will now have 48 hours to leave the country, said Maria Zakharova, spokesperson of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS.
Slovakia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry will not comment on the step, the TASR newswire reported.
Who was the expelled Russian?
A Russian diplomat was expelled from Bratislava on November 22 and he also had to leave the country within 48 hours. He was conducting espionage activities against the interests of Slovakia and NATO, PM Peter Pellegrini explained.
The Russian worked as a diplomatic worker at the military institute of the Russian Embassy in Bratislava. The Denník N daily identified him as Alexander Nikolaevich Vinogradov. The counter-intelligence unit had been monitoring him for some time due to his activities, which were not in compliance with his diplomatic profession, according to the daily.
Russia called the Slovak decision an enemy action and announced reciprocal measures.
13. Dec 2018 at 13:17 | Compiled by Spectator staff