The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the Italian leadership has taken an indecent position on the issue of anti-Russian sanctions. She said this on the air of the Solovyov LIVE program on Thursday, April 7.
According to her, Italy forgot that in the midst of a pandemic, she was ostracized in Europe and Russia was one of the first countries that extended a helping hand to her.
“And now Italy, with all its leadership, is at the forefront of the attack on our country,” she stressed.
She added that Rome took an indecent stance towards Moscow.
Previously April 5th Russian Ambassador Sergei Razov was summoned to the Italian Foreign Ministry, where he was told about the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the country. According to Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, the employees of the Russian diplomatic mission are being expelled for reasons of “national security”.
Zakharova, in turn, said that Russia would give an appropriate response to their actions.
European countries have recently been actively expelling Russian diplomats. Thus, since the end of March, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Portugal, Norway, Romania, France, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Greece have announced the expulsion of employees of Russian diplomatic missions. On April 7, Austria joined them. The EU has declared 19 employees of the Russian Permanent Mission persona non grata.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted in turn that the expulsion of Russian diplomats is a short-sighted step that will further complicate communication between countries, and will inevitably lead to reciprocal steps.
On April 3, Zakharova said that the expulsions of Russian diplomats reveal the demonstrative position of the West, which is trying to “punish politically” the Russian Federation.
In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation on the territory of Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) announced the evacuation of the civilian population to the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence.
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree. On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. As the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.