Moscow Warns States That Expelled Russian Diplomats Against Shutting Country’s Embassies

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Earlier this week, the European Union and individual countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, decided to expel Russian diplomats.
Countries that have expelled Russian diplomats will not close Russia’s embassies, otherwise they will see a "barn lock" on their own diplomatic missions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
"They will not hang a barn lock [on Russia’s embassies], because then they will see a barn lock on their embassies", Zakharova said.
According to her, countries that have expelled Russian diplomats "will receive a response, tough and beneficial" to Russia.
Earlier in the day, the Austrian Foreign Ministry said that Vienna had decided to expel four Russian diplomats.
Prior to that, the Greek Foreign Ministry declared 12 employees of Russian diplomatic and consular missions accredited in Greece as personae non gratae, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963.

Earlier, the European Union and individual countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, decided to expel Russian diplomats amid recent reports of alleged atrocities in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, which Moscow called a staged provocation.
Since the start of the military operation in Ukraine, Russia has faced an unprecedented expulsion of Russian diplomats from Western countries.
On 24 February, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian provocations. In response to Russia’s operation, Western countries have rolled out a comprehensive sanctions campaign against Moscow.
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