Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow to expel two employees of Dutch Embassy
Russia is banishing two employees of the Dutch embassy, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The ministry has summoned Dutch Charge d'Affaires in Russia Jost Reinties and expressed its strong protest following the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from the Hague last December.
It is an unfriendly and provocative step and a new round of anti-Russian hysteria, organized by the Hague with the help of pro-government media, the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the expulsion of Russian diplomats shows a lack of common sense in the Dutch government circles. Its politicians have no understanding of the real problems in relations between Russia and the Netherlands, and they deliberately undermine these ties.
Moscow decided to expel two employees of the Dutch embassy, guided by the principle of reciprocity. They must leave Russia within two weeks.
In December 2020, the Netherlands declared two Russian diplomats persona non grata over alleged espionage. Dutch authorities claimed that their diplomatic status was a cover, and the diplomats were, in fact, officers of the Foreign Intelligence Service.
NEWS.ru reported Moscow pledged a tit-for-tat response to the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from the Netherlands over alleged spying.