Russia has decided to expel three employees from the Slovak embassy in Moscow in retaliation for the expulsion of three Russian diplomats from that country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
The Russian government, “guided by the principle of reciprocity, decided to expel three diplomatic employees of the Slovak embassy in Moscow from Russia,” the ministry said in its statement.
Russia regards the eviction of its diplomats as “an unfriendly move” that “goes against the traditional spirit of constructive development of relations between our countries,” added the department headed by Sergey Lavrov.
According to the official Russian agency Sputnik, this is the third order passed by the Russian Foreign Ministry in August to expel foreign diplomats. He had previously expelled an Austrian diplomat and another Norwegian in response to similar measures taken by authorities in those countries.
The Slovak TV broadcaster Markiza reported that the Slovak government had decided to expel three members of the Russian diplomatic mission in Bratislava who are suspected of espionage.