Russia responds by expelling Latvian diplomat

As expected, Russia has responded to Latvia’s expulsion of an embassy official from Rīga by kicking a Latvian diplomat out of Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced Jan. 25 that Latvian Ambassador Andris Teikmanis has been informed one of his staff must leave the country within 48 hours.

Latvia on Jan. 21 expelled Second Secretary Alexander Rogozhin of the Russian Embassy, claiming he posed a risk to national security. Russian officials at the time said they could deliver an “adequate” response.

A spokesperson for the Latvian Foreign Ministry called Russia’s decision disappointing.

The name of the diplomat will be made public once the individual has left Russia, the Latvian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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