The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) announced that a representative of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest was declared persona non grata and left Romania last week. In response, Moscow criticised the Romanian authorities’ decision and said it would „respond proportionately”.
Romania’s MAE said the decision was taken „considering the incompatibility of the activities of the representative in question with the provisions of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”.
The Russian news agency TASS then reported that Moscow plans a similar response. It quoted Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, who said: „Obviously, we will respond proportionately to Romania’s move”.
She also criticised the Romanian authorities’ decision as being „groundless”, adding that it was based on „far-fetched pretexts”.
„The decision was made taking into account the incompatibility of the activities of the representative in question with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. The embassy representative left the Romanian territory during this week”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.