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The Government expels diplomats and staff from the Russian embassy in Spain


The Government expels diplomats and staff from the Russian embassy in Spain as punishment for the “killing of civilians” in Ukraine. This was announced by the Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, at the press conference after the Council of Ministers. It is about the expulsion of some 25 people who will be given “a few days, but not much more than a few days” to leave the country. The head of diplomacy did not want to give more details pending a round of contacts that he is going to initiate with the parliamentary groups to inform them of the decision and obtain their support.

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The decision now adopted by the Government of Pedro Sánchez has also been taken by other European countries and responds to “the unbearable images of the massacre of civilians” in Bucha or the situation in Mariupol. Spain thus follows in the footsteps of other European countries such as Germany, France or Italy, which have announced the expulsion of diplomats in recent hours for reasons of “national security”, according to Albares.

“We are outraged”, Albares has sentenced about the massacres of civilians. The Foreign Minister recalled that Spain’s demand is that “war crimes be investigated.” “They cannot go unpunished,” he asserted. “We want to reiterate to the people of Ukraine that they are not alone,” said the Foreign Minister a few hours before President Volodímir Zelenski intervened before Congress.

Regarding the tightening of sanctions against Russia and, especially that the allied countries stop buying gas from that country, Albares has avoided giving a concrete answer. “Not all countries have the same relationship, the same ties with Russia, but unity must be highlighted,” he said about the measures: “They are all on the table.”

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