Press release on retaliatory measures against Sweden

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Press release on retaliatory measures against Sweden

25 May 2023 11:19

On May 25, the Swedish Ambassador to Russia Malena Mard was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and informed that, given Sweden's confrontational course towards the Russian Federation, it was decided to suspend the activity of the Russian Consulate General in Gothenburg. At the same time, the head of the Swedish mission was informed that the Russian party was revoking its consent for the activity of the Swedish Consulate-General in St Petersburg from September 1, 2023.

Five employees of Russian diplomatic missions in Sweden were declared personae non grata on April 25, 2023 in what has been considered an openly hostile measure by Stockholm. These actions by the Swedish authorities have further aggravated bilateral relations, which have reached an unprecedently low level, including as a result of the ongoing Russophobic campaign in Sweden.

The Swedish Ambassador was told that the Russian party has decided to declare five Swedish diplomats personae non grata, including three employees under the military attaché at the Swedish Embassy in Moscow. They were instructed to leave the Russian Federation within the same time period that was given to Russia's employees by the Swedish authorities.

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