Russia, Moldova expel respective diplomats

May 31 (UPI) — Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said it ordered the expulsion of five Moldovan diplomats in an identical response to a move by Moldova.

Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip on Tuesday said five Russian diplomats were declared persona non grata “on the grounds of information received from the security services.” Filip said he could not reveal what information he received from security services.

Following the move from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it also will expel five diplomats.

“In response to the expulsion of five Russian diplomats from Chisinau on May 29, five employees of Moldova’s diplomatic mission in Moscow have been declared persona non grata and have to leave the Russian Federation within three days,” the ministry said in a statement. “The Russian party believes that Chisinau will realize that its unfriendly actions towards Russia are counterproductive and that Moldova’s latest move is destructive and runs counter to the principles of partnership and mutual confidence.”

Moldovan President Igor Dodon told Sputnik that he condemned the move taken by the Moldovan government.

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