The poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain, meant that in the European countries and in United States start a campaign against the Russia - accused of the fact - expelling the Kremlin diplomats. Strategy also undertaken by Albania, as confirmed by Prime Minister Edi Rama at the Socialist Party group meeting:
"The government has decided to expel some Russian citizens. This is a coordinated action with NATO countries; we will expel the Russians who have violated national interests. " - declared the Albanian Prime Minister.
Specifically, the two Russian diplomats who will have to leave the Albanian capital - as reported by the Albanian media - would be the first secretary of the Russian Federation in Tirana, Alexey Nikolaevich Balashov, and the military officer Vladislav Filipov.
Even Albania, therefore, has joined the list of the many countries that have decided to expel Russian diplomats in relation to the Skripal case.
The Albanian foreign ministry announced yesterday afternoon that it had called the ambassador of the Russian Federation, Alexander Karpushin, to communicate to him "The note by which non-grateful persons are considered two diplomats, whose activity was not in accordance with their diplomatic status", explains the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Western alliance against Russia
More than 20 Western allies have ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats, in a scenario of solidarity that represents the biggest blow to the Russian intelligence networks since the cold war.
The United States has even ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian officials deemed spies, including a ten based in the UN; furthermore, they forced Moscow to close its consulate in Seattle.
The Russian government called the expulsions 'a provocative gesture' and stated that, in reversed parts, it would act rationally, raising the prospect of further expulsions as the US and Europe left the door open for further expulsions.
In the list with the United States and Albania, there are Germany, France, Canada and Poland (with 4 Russian diplomats expelled), Lithuania and the Czech Republic (with 3 Russian diplomats expelled), Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands (with two expelled Russian diplomats) , Estonia, Macedonia Croatia, Finland, Latvia, Hungary, Sweden and Romania (with an expelled Russian diplomat), Ukraine (with 13 well expelled Russian diplomats) and, to conclude, Iceland that has not sent officials for the next World Cup to be held in Russia in the summer.
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