France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has said that the country has decided to expel “many” Russian diplomats, “whose activities are contrary to our security interests.”
The ministry said in a statement that “the action is part of a European approach.” It gave no further details about the numbers.
“France has decided this evening to expel many Russian personnel posted in France under diplomatic status, whose activities are counter to our security interests. This action is part of a European movement,” the French Foreign Ministry said on Monday in a communique.
“Our first responsibility is always to ensure the security of French and European citizens,” the statement added.
Russia launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine in the last week of February.
Since then, several western countries have backed Kyiv in the ongoing war and imposed several sanctions on Russia.
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