On 5 April 2022 the European Union announced the expulsion of 19 diplomats from the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the European Union in Brussels under far-fetched and groundless pretexts.
We view this step as categorically unacceptable and overtly unfriendly. The EU institutions, which have for some years been systematically demolishing the architecture of Russia-EU cooperation, now demonstrate a clear lack of interest in sustaining normal diplomatic channels of communication with our country.
The EU bears full responsibility for the consequences of this destructive action.
Our response will follow shortly.