On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry declared an employee of the Lithuanian embassy “persona non grata” and ordered him to leave the country within 5 days.
The ministry said, in a statement: “The Chargé d’Affaires of the Lithuanian Embassy in Russia, Yorgita Cibulskien, was summoned to the building of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and informed that one of the diplomats at the Lithuanian embassy is persona non grata.”
And she added, “In response to a previous similar step by Vilnius, we demand that the Lithuanian employee (whose name has not been revealed) leave Russian territory within 5 days.”
The statement added that the Russian Foreign Ministry submitted “a strong protest to the Lithuanian side regarding the unjustified expulsion of an employee of the Russian Embassy in Vilnius.”
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On December 1, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared, in a statement, that an employee of the Russian embassy was “persona non grata” due to “activities inconsistent with his diplomatic status.”