Sweden says diplomat expelled from Moscow in retaliatory move

SwedenA Swedish diplomat has been expelled from Moscow in a tit-for-tat move after the Scandinavian country recently kicked out a Russian diplomat, Stockholm’s foreign ministry said Monday.

“Russian authorities have informed us that a diplomat at the Swedish embassy has to leave the country … Russia has made it clear it considers this to be a response to the Swedish decision to expel a Russian diplomat,” foreign ministry spokesman Johan Tegel told AFP.

Neither the names nor the positions of the two diplomats were disclosed.

The Russian diplomat was expelled because of actions “not in line with the Vienna Convention” which governs diplomatic relations, Tegel said, providing no further details on the nature of the Russian’s actions nor the exact timing of that expulsion.

“I can only say it was recently,” he added.

Tegel said it was too early to tell how Moscow’s decision would affect relations between the two countries.

“But it won’t improve the state of our relations,” he said.

Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said in June that Sweden, a non-NATO country, was stepping up its military capabilities and exercises with the alliance amid concerns over Russia’s military resurgence.

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