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Oct 23, 2021
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Zakharova: Pristina’s actions will not affect the legal status of Russian diplomats

The expulsion of two Russian diplomats from unrecognized Kosovo will not affect their legal status, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. This was reported on the website of the diplomatic service.

On the eve of the president of the self-proclaimed Kosovo, Vios Osmani, announced the decision to expel two Russian diplomats from the embassy in Serbia, who are permanently working in Pristina. Osmani also said that she had asked Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Donika Gervalu-Schwartz to declare the diplomats persona non grata, as their activities allegedly “harmed the national security and constitutional order of Kosovo.”

Zakharova recalled that the expelled embassy staff are accredited by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, they have nothing to do with the structures of the self-proclaimed state.

“The administration’s attack in Pristina does not entail consequences for the legal status of the mentioned Russian diplomatic personnel,” the statement said.

It is noted that the Russian side appealed to UNMIK and the international mission under the auspices of NATO in Kosovo to create safe working conditions for the staff of the Office of the Russian Embassy.

On Friday, the Russian diplomatic mission in Pristina also said that the decisions of the unrecognized Kosovo have no legal force. Attempts to prevent diplomats accredited with UNMIK from carrying out their legitimate activities at the embassy were called “absolutely unacceptable.”

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