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Russia continues to expel foreign diplomats

Russia expelled Portuguese diplomats in a “reciprocal” response. (Photo: Middle East News 24 English)

Job expulsion of diplomatic staff The Portuguese mentioned above was in response to Lisbon’s order to expel 10 Russian diplomats in April.

“We ask them to leave the country within 14 days of (we) deliver the note to the (Portuguese) Ambassador,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The decision comes after a series of similar steps by Russia in response to the expulsion of more than 300 diplomats from European embassies by European countries.

A day earlier, Russia announced the expulsion of a total of 85 embassy staff from France, Spain and Italy in response to similar actions from these three countries.

In another development on May 19, the British Government announced that it would impose new sanctions on Russia’s aviation sector to prevent three state-owned airlines Aeroflot, Ural Airlines and Rossiya Airlines from selling their positions. parking their unused planes at UK airports.

London estimates the total value of the parking spaces of the three Russian airlines at £50 million (about $61.9 million).

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss released a statement stating that, from May 19, the country closed its airspace to Russian airlines so that they could not make money from parking spots at British airports. .

On the same day, Italy’s financial police said it had frozen assets worth 146 million euros ($153 million) owned by Superjet International, a joint venture between Russia’s Sukhoi military aircraft maker and Russian conglomerate Sukhoi. Leonardo’s electronics-aerospace convoy of Italy. The joint venture is headquartered in Venice and employs about 140 people in Italy.

A statement by the Italian financial police stated that the asset freeze was aimed at Sukhoi’s 90% stake in the joint venture and other assets including five aircraft.

Sukhoi Group is on the list of sanctions by the European Union due to special military campaign of Russia in Ukraine. Meanwhile, the 10% stake owned by Leonardo has yet to be frozen.

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