Russia expels 14 Dutch embassy workers in tit for tat procedure

The Dutch embassy in Moscow. Photograph: AndyVolykhov via Wikimedia Commons

Russia is expelling 14 men and women who operate at the Dutch embassy in Moscow and one particular member of employees from the consulate in St Petersburg, the Russian international ministry has declared.

The measure is being witnessed as a tit for tat reaction adhering to the Netherlands final decision to expel 17 diplomats and other officials who had been, according to the Dutch stability expert services, actively involved in spying.

Russian state press agency Ria Novosti explained on Tuesday that the Dutch ambassador Gilles Beschoor Plug experienced been summoned to the foreign ministry the place he was informed of the decision.

The shift is ‘in connection with the unjustified announcement on March 29 that 18 staff of the Russian Embassy in The Hague… are persona non grata,’ Ria Novosti quoted the ministry as declaring.

Foreign minister Wopke Hoekstra claimed he had predicted Moscow to reply, but even so was sorry about Russia’s determination.

‘We are now heading to glance at the outcomes, supplied so quite a few personnel users have to leave Moscow and St Petersburg,’ he mentioned.

In the meantime, the Netherlands has agreed to ship armored vehicles and other products to Ukraine, adhering to a cellular phone get in touch with between primary minister Mark Rutte and Ukraine chief Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The Netherlands has formerly despatched 200 Stinger missiles, 50 rocket launchers and 400 anti-tank weapons along with sniper rifles, ammunition and protective gear these types of as helmets and mine detection systems.

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