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Russia expels dozens of diplomats from France, Spain

Moscow, May 18 (EFE).- Russia expelled on Wednesday dozens of diplomats from France and Spain in a tit-for-tat response to the earlier expulsion of Russian representatives over the invasion of Ukraine.

Thirty-four French diplomats will have to leave Moscow within two weeks, the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Pierre Levy, the French ambassador in Moscow, was summoned to the headquarters of the Russian ministry of foreign affairs and was informed of the retaliatory decision.

In April, France expelled 41 Russian diplomats.

In the case of Spain, 27 diplomats have been declared “persona non grata” and must leave Russia within seven days.

Earlier, the government in Madrid expelled the same number of officials from Russia’s diplomatic mission, in response to the war in Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine on February 24, hundreds of Russian diplomats have been expelled worldwide.EFE


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