BELGRADE (Reuters) – Croatia on Monday asked 24 Russian embassy staff to leave following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and “brutal aggression”, the foreign ministry said in a statement. communicated, following similar measures taken by other EU countries.
The 24 included 18 diplomats, he added.
The ministry said the Russian ambassador was summoned to protest “the brutal aggression against Ukraine and the many crimes committed there”.
“The Russian side has been informed about the reduction of administrative and technical staff at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Zagreb,” the statement said.
“Russia will give an appropriate response,” TASS news agency said on Monday, quoting Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
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The European Union on Friday adopted a new sanctions package against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine that includes a ban on coal imports, new restrictions on trade and the blacklisting of several oligarchs close to the Kremlin .
Russia says it launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24 to demilitarize and “denazify” the country. Ukraine and the West saw it as a pretext for an unprovoked invasion.
(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac; Editing by Nick Macfie and Mark Porter)
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