EU expels 19 Russian diplomats from Belgium

AP , Tuesday 5 Apr 2022

The European Union says 19 Russian diplomats are being expelled from Belgium.

Josep Borrell
European Commission vice-president in charge for High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Josep Borrell arrives for the start of the European Commission weekly College Meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on March 30, 2022. AFP

The move comes amid blistering criticism of Russia's war in Ukraine and discussions on a new set of sanctions targeting the Kremlin for the Feb. 24 invasion of its neighbor.

"I decided to designate persona non grata a number of officials of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU for engaging in activities contrary to their diplomatic status,'' said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in a video statement Tuesday.

He said the Russian envoy was being summoned to the EU to explain the move.

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