Russia expels five Moldovan and two Estonian diplomats

© Photo : AGN «Moscow», the Embassy of Moldova in MoscowRussia expels five Moldovan and two Estonian diplomats© Photo : AGN «Moscow»

Russia to expel five Moldovan and two Estonian diplomats said the foreign Ministry.

These measures were a response to the expulsion of Russian diplomats Tallinn and Chisinau. To leave Russia the prescribed five employees of the Moldovan Embassy, the Consul General of Estonia in St. Petersburg and the head of the Pskov Chancellery of the Consulate General.

Moldovan diplomats must leave Russia within three days, the Estonian — five.

While the Ministry expressed the hope that Chisinau is aware of the counterproductive to their unfriendly actions against Russia and the «destructive nature undertaken by the Moldovan side step, runs counter to the principles of partnership and mutual trust».

Commenting on the decision of Moscow, the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon said that «relations between the two countries in 25 years have not been on such a precipice now». According to him, this has resulted in the irresponsible actions of the Moldovan government and the parliamentary majority, which «make decisions not in the interests of his people, and on the basis of geopolitical interests, Western curators».

«I hope that other retaliatory measures of an economic and social nature on the part of Russia will not follow», he stated to the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

This decision was made on the eve of the upcoming meeting of the leaders of Russia and Moldova in Saint-Petersburg. Dodon and Vladimir Putin briefly chat at the St. Petersburg international economic forum. While Putin might affect the question of the consequences of expulsion from Chisinau of Russian diplomats, said the presidential aide Yuri Ushakov.

The Russian Embassy in Moldova received on Monday a note about the Declaration of five diplomats persona non grata. As stated by the Prime Minister Pavel Filip, the decision was made on the basis of information received from intelligence agencies. While he condemned the actions of the government. In Moscow such step is called a direct provocation of certain forces of Moldavia against the President and promised to adequately respond to the actions of Chisinau.

The Estonian foreign Ministry, in turn, ordered to leave the country the Consul in Narva, Andrew Sergeevu Consul General in this city Dmitry Kazennov. The reasons for this decision were not disclosed. The Russian foreign Ministry called the expulsion of diplomats the next unfriendly and no reasonable act which will not remain unanswered.