Russia expels Danish embassy staff in tit-for-tat move | News

Russia says the move is in retaliation for Denmark’s expulsion of 15 Russian envoys as well as its support for Ukraine.

Russia declared seven members of the Danish embassy persona non grata, giving them two weeks to leave the country.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had summoned Danish Ambassador Carsten Sondergaard to brief him on retaliatory measures following the expulsion of 15 Russian diplomats from Denmark and the country’s military aid to Ukraine.

“The kingdom’s openly anti-Russian policies cause serious damage to bilateral relations,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said in a statement.

Russia reserves the right “to take additional measures in response to hostile actions in Copenhagen”, the statement said, adding that a diplomat from the Danish mission was also denied a visa as part of the retaliatory measures.

“Deeply problematic”

The Danish Foreign Ministry said Russia was expelling seven members of its diplomatic mission, including four diplomats.

In a statement to AFP news agency, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod called the decision “totally unjustified and deeply problematic”.

“Russia no longer wants real dialogue and diplomacy,” he said, noting that Denmark had in fact expelled Russian intelligence officers and not diplomats.

Since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, the West has expelled dozens of Russian diplomats and Russia has retaliated with tit-for-tat actions.