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Croatia expels 24 Russian diplomats

Croatia announced the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats and embassy staff over the Ukraine conflict, following the move of many European countries.

The Croatian Foreign Ministry announced today that it had summoned the Russian ambassador to Croatia to “strongly condemn” Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, and ordered the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats and 6 administrative staff. for the Russian embassy in Croatia.

Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman speaks about the Russian military operation in Ukraine in Brussels, Belgium, March 21.  Photo: Reuters

Foreign Minister Radman speaks in Ukraine in Brussels, Belgium, March 21. Image: Reuters

Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman last month criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for “war crimes” in Ukraine.

The Russian embassy in Zagreb later called the Croatian official’s criticism “unacceptable”.

Croatia is a member of the European Union (EU) and NATO.

Russia was sanctioned by many countries and expelled its diplomats after launching a special military operation to “demilitarize and de-fascist Ukraine” from February 24. European countries have so far expelled more than 330 Russian diplomats in response to the military campaign.

The European Union (EU) on April 7 also approved an embargo on Russian coal and this decision is expected to take effect in August. In addition to the coal ban, the EU also bans the export of 10 goods worth of goods. 9 billion USD to Russia, including high-tech goods, and froze the assets of some Russian banks.

Russia criticized the sanctions and the decision to expel the diplomat, asserting that Moscow reserves the right to take corresponding countermeasures.

Hong Hanh (According to AFP)

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