Slovakia cuts Russian embassy staff by 35 – Foreign Ministry

PRAGUE, March 30 (Reuters) – Slovakia has ordered the Russian embassy to reduce its staff by 35 people, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, citing the unacceptable activities of another Russian diplomat.

The purpose of the decision was “to fix a maximum number of diplomatic and service passport holders in this (Russian) mission,” spokesman Juraj Tomaga said in a statement.

This decision reduces the staff of the embassy to about half of its previous size, according to the calculations of the Slovak media.

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On March 14, Slovakia expelled three Russian embassy staff based on intelligence information. Read more

“This measure is an inevitable reaction to the fact that Russian embassy staff continue their activities contrary to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the interests of Slovakia and the partnership with the Russian Federation,” Tomaga said. .

The Russian Embassy in Bratislava was not immediately available for comment.

Several other European Union countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland, expelled dozens of Russian diplomats on Tuesday. Read more

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Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Catherine Evans

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