MOSCOW, SANA- The number of Russian diplomats remaining in certain unfriendly states is not above two, official spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova was quoted by TASS as saying on Saturday.
“As regards embassies, our diplomatic presence has actually been minimized in certain countries, largely the EU countries we announced as unfriendly. We have just one or two diplomats in certain countries,” Zakharova said.
Russia continues maintaining diplomatic presence in these countries “because citizens and compatriots are there, organizations are there that every day require the issuance of documents, certificates of birth, passports, legalization of translations, and so on. This is a routine job that has to be done, not merely to keep some diplomatic presence. They are working every day,” the spokeswoman noted.
Moscow has never been an initiator in solving problems by severance of relations, the diplomat said. “This is absurd but this is exactly what is taking place from another side,” Zakharova added.
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