As stated in the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sweden has embarked on a course of confrontation against Russia. The expulsion of five Russian diplomats from the kingdom a month earlier was described in Moscow as “an openly hostile move by Stockholm”. In response, five employees of the Swedish diplomatic mission, including three employees of the defense attaché at the Swedish embassy in Moscow, were declared “persona non grata”. All have been ordered to leave the country within the same deadline that the Swedish authorities had once set for the departure of Russian diplomats.
The Swedish Ambassador was also informed about the decision to terminate the activities of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Gothenburg from September 1, 2023. In addition, Moscow withdraws from September 1, 2023 its consent to the activities of the Consulate General of Sweden in Saint Petersburg.
“The actions of the Swedish authorities have further aggravated the situation of bilateral relations, which have reached an unprecedented level, in particular due to the ongoing Russophobic campaign in Sweden,” the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.
The expulsion last month of Russian diplomats was the second in the past year. In April 2022, Sweden expelled three employees of the Russian diplomatic mission, this happened against the background of the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from various European countries.
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