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Russia expels 10 diplomats from Baltic states

The Russian national tricolor flag flutters on top of the building of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in central Moscow, in the evening of March 3, 2022. (AFP)
The Russian national tricolor flag flutters on top of the building of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in central Moscow, in the evening of March 3, 2022. (AFP)

MOSCOW — Russia says it is expelling 10 diplomats from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in a tit-for-tat move after the Baltic countries expelled Russian diplomats over military action in Ukraine.

The foreign ministry says it summoned the ambassadors of the three EU and NATO member countries and “strongly protested” the “unjustified” expulsion of Russian diplomats.

“Based on the principle of reciprocity,” Moscow will be expelling four diplomats from the Lithuanian embassy and three each from the Latvian and Estonian embassies, the ministry adds.

These countries had expelled Russian diplomats earlier this month.

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