Europe (Times Of Ocean)- Italian authorities have expelled 30 Russian diplomats due to security concerns, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday. Bucha
On Tuesday, Italy summoned the Russian ambassador to inform him that the diplomats were being expelled.
According to Di Maio, the measure is in agreement with other European and Atlantic partners. It is necessary due to national security reasons and the current crisis caused by the unjustified aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS that Russia would respond appropriately.
Several other Western governments have taken similar steps in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Further, 73 Russian diplomats were expelled by Denmark, Sweden, and Spain, prompting a condemnation by the Kremlin.
Lithuania had already expelled its Russia ambassador earlier on Monday.
On Monday, media outlets reported that Germany is also declaring 40 Russian diplomats “undesirable persons”, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has said, an action tantamount to expulsion.
European partners have taken similar actions in recent days as a reaction to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
France said it would expel 35 Russian diplomats as part of joint European action following the German announcement.
The EU-concerted move came after dozens of bodies were found in mass graves or littering the streets following the withdrawal of Russian forces from Bucha.
Following the release of harrowing images of mass civilian killings in Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, which sparked a global outcry criticizing the atrocities committed by Russian troops, the Euro, the United States, and the allied nations have enacted harsher measures to hold the Russian Federation accountable.
“The images from Bucha speak to unbelievable brutality by the Russian leadership and by those who follow its propaganda with a boundless will to exterminate,” the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said.
The United States President Joe Biden repeated his accusation that Putin was a war criminal on Monday and his call for a war crimes trial. Putin “is brutal. And what’s happening in Bucha is outrageous, and everyone’s seen it,” Biden told reporters.
The U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan said that the United States would announce new tougher sanctions against Russia this week.
During her Helsinki visit, Canadian foreign Minister Melanie Joly also called for tougher sanctions against Russia and its ally Belarus, where she met with lawmakers.
Liz Truss, the British foreign secretary, said at a press briefing in Warsaw that Russia should be suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council for its atrocities and mass graves in Bucha, Ukraine.
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called the killings of civilians near Kyiv “a violation of international law” and threatened Russia with tougher sanctions.
Russia has also been accused of harming civilians by Israel’s Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the expulsion of Russian diplomats by many European countries a “short-sighted move”.