Russia expels Italian military diplomat in tit-for-tat move

Photo taken on April 16, 2021 shows the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Moscow. (EVGENY SINITSYN/XINHUA)

MOSCOW – The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it is expelling a military attache of the Italian Embassy in Moscow in a retaliatory measure.

Italy's Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano was invited to the ministry where he was informed that this naval attache is now "persona non grata" and must leave Russia within 24 hours.

The decision was made in response to the "unfriendly" and "groundless" expulsion of two staffers of the Russian Embassy in Rome on March 31.

ALSO READ: Russia expels 20 Czech diplomats in retaliation