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Russia expels French diplomats from Moscow (lead)

AA / Moscow

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday the expulsion of several French diplomats to Moscow, in response to a similar measure taken by Paris against Russian diplomats.

The ministry said in a statement that it had “summoned the French ambassador, Pierre Lévy, where he will be notified of the expulsions of French diplomats”, Russian news agency TASS reported.

At the beginning of last April, Paris expelled around thirty Russian diplomats for activities “contrary to the security interests of France”.

Six other Russian diplomats were thus declared persona non grata.

France took these decisions in protest against the military operation launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin against Ukraine on February 24.

For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday morning that nearly “a thousand soldiers at the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol” have surrendered to Russian forces over the past week.

*Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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