Netherlands, Europe– The authorities have made the announcement on Tuesday, March 29, that they have made the plan to remove 17 Russian diplomats.
The Foreign Ministry mentioned in a statement that the decision by the government took place due to the national security danger posed by the diplomats who were working privately as intelligence officers.
Moreover, the ministry mentioned that it had been prepared for the various scenarios which might come from Russia as a consequence of the decision.
It has also emphasized that the decision was made in consultation with other nations that made the same decision, including the United States, Poland, the Baltic states, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Montenegro.
Also, as per the reports, that nation has decided to expel 21 Russian diplomats for alleged spying as well as posing threats to security.
Along with this, the Irish Foreign Ministry mentioned that it had asked four Russian diplomats to leave as their activities were not in line with international standards of diplomatic behavior.
The Czech Foreign Ministry further declared that an additional Russian diplomat was announced the persona non grata and was asked to leave in or between 72 hours.
On the Social Media account, the ministry mentioned, “Together with our Allies, we are reducing the Russian intelligence presence in the EU.”
Meanwhile, Russia’s full-scale military operation against Ukraine has met with international outrage, with the European Union, USA, and the United Kingdom, among others, implementing tough financial sanctions on Moscow.
Around 1,179 civilians have been murdered in Ukraine, and about 1,860 have been injured, as per the estimates made by the United Nations, which mentioned the accurate figures are higher.
Over 3.9 million individuals from Ukraine have escaped the war-torn nation to various European nations, with millions more displaced inside the country, as per the UN refugee agency.