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Deputy military attache with Russian embassy in Bucharest, declared persona non grata


The Romanian authorities have decided to declare persona non grata on Romanian soil deputy military attache with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bucharest, Alexey Grishaev, because "his activities and actions contravene the provisions of the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations," the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) reported in a press statement released on Monday.

According to the MAE, the decision was communicated to the embassy on Monday, when the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Bucharest, Valery Kuzmin, was asked to report to MAE main offices in Bucharest, at the disposal of Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu.


On Friday, Russian ambassador Valery Kuzmin posted a stance on the recent developments in Ukraine and on Romania, saying, among others, that Romania should be “concerned” if it got involved in “a military adventure” next to NATO.


There is no reason for Romania to be worried about the situation in eastern Ukraine, of course, except for the case when, on its own will or of its strategic allies, it would be involved in any way in a military adventure masterminded by the hot heads at the NATO HQs”, the Russian ambassador stated.


In retort, Romanian FM Bogdan Aurescu replied that any threat against Romania is a threat against NATO.


The fact that Romania is part of this alliance is a guarantee for Romania’s security and of its citizens, without any doubt, that’s why I said there is no danger for Romania and its citizens within the recent crisis (editor note: the Russian troops deployment at Ukraine’s border). But we have to be very clear here: any threat against Romania is in fact a threat against NATO and we take these aspects very seriously“, FM Aurescu told a private broadcaster on Sunday.


Referring precisely to the Russian ambassador’s latest statements, the Head of the Romanian diplomacy pointed out: “I read a reaction the Russian Embassy has posted on Facebook these days and I saw there is a more or less veiled warning against Romania, to not go in the wake of some military adventurers at NATO helm. It is regrettable that the Russian diplomacy is not aware that, after 17 years since Romania has joined NATO, Romania is NATO”.


After Czechia, the Baltic countries- Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – have also joined the action to expel Russian diplomats. During the past weekend Lithuania announced it is sending home to Russian diplomats, while Latvia and Estonia – one each.