Russia Expels North Macedonian Diplomat

“On June 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry invited North Macedonia’s Charge d’Affaires in Russia Olivera Čauševska-Dimovska to hand her a note declaring a North Macedonian embassy official persona non grata,” according to a statement released by the Russian foreign ministry.

“The move comes in response to the baseless decision to declare a Russian diplomat persona non grata that North Macedonia made in May,” the foreign ministry added as quoted by EURACTIV on Friday.

“Regrets for the unjustified decision of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Merely a retaliatory political decision; this will undoubtedly have negative influence on the bilateral relations between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Russian Federation, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani tweetedcondemning Russia’s move.

The move will leave North Macedonia with only one diplomat in Moscow.