Spain rejects the decision adopted this Wednesday by Russia to expel 27 Spanish diplomats from the Embassy in Moscow, as confirmed by the Foreign Ministry in a statement after learning of the decision of the Government of Vladimir Putin.
For Spain «the Russian authorities justify this decision based on reciprocity for the expulsion of 27 officials from the Russian Embassy in Madrid notified last April. However, the expulsion decided at that time by the Spanish authorities was based on duly justified security reasons, which do not exist in this case.
"The work of the staff of the Embassy of Spain to the Russian Federation, whose professionalism this Ministry wants to value, has always fully respected the obligations set forth in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations", it was stated. reiterates from the department headed by José Manuel Albares.
It must be remembered that on April 5, Spain decided to expel the 27 Russian diplomats from the embassy in Madrid. The Russian ambassador, Yuri Korchagin, was not included in the expulsion. Nor the Spanish ambassador in Moscow, Marcos Gómez.