ROME, March 27. /Offset. TASS Faith Shcherbakov/. Italy is not called a hard deadline for the expulsion of Russian diplomats. About it the correspondent of TASS said Tuesday at the Russian Embassy in Italy.
“Italy did not set any deadlines. It was stated “within a week”, but there are technical terms. People are going,” – said the official representative of the Embassy.
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The mission considers the decision of expulsion of Russian diplomats from Italy in connection with the case of the poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal as “an unfriendly act of Rome, contrary to a centuries-old tradition steadily kind of Russian-Italian relations”. According to Russian diplomats, it “introduces an element of distrust that persisted in even in the face of the sanctions policy of the EU pragmatic dialogue, reduces the accumulated positive potential of bilateral cooperation” .
According to the report of the Embassy, the Italian side has not presented any evidence of the involvement of the expelled diplomats to an incompatible with the diplomatic status of the activities. This indicates that “Russia hopes that the new government formed after parliamentary elections, will firmly adhere to the constructive dialogue and the development of comprehensive cooperation with Russia”.
“The history of Russian-Italian relations does not end here. We receive signals from the Italian side that the cooperation will continue”, – said the interlocutor of the Agency, Recalling that the country is the culture festival “Russian seasons”, a program which has not changed. According to the Embassy, in April is expected the arrival of the delegation of the Russian Ministry of culture.
On the expulsion of diplomats
A number of European countries, including Italy and the United States and Canada on Monday decided to send a total of more than 100 Russian diplomats in connection with the case Skripal. The Russian foreign Ministry said that this unfriendly move will not remain unanswered.
4 Mar 66-year-old Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his 33-year-old daughter Julia has been in the English Salisbury, according to the British side, effects of nerve agents, which was allegedly designed in Russia. Later London blamed for what happened to Moscow, which has denied the charges.