Greece Declares 12 Russian Diplomats Unwelcome

ATHENS — Greece has joined a list of European countries expelling Russian diplomats, with the foreign ministry announcing on Wednesday it had declared 12 diplomats unwelcome.

The ministry said it had declared 12 members of Russian diplomatic and consular missions accredited to Greece as “personae non gratae,” and that the Russian ambassador had been informed.

It did not specify which diplomats were being expelled or state a reason, beyond citing that the move was carried out in accordance with international treaties.

“This was done in accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention for Consular Relations”, the announcement said.

The Russian Ambassador in Greece has been informed of the decision, it added.


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