The Romanian authorities have declared the deputy military attache of the Russian embassy, Alexei Grichayev, persona non grata on Romanian territory, a foreign ministry official told the local Agerpress news agency.
Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu briefed the Russian Ambassador in Bucharest on the decision at a meeting on Monday.
The decision to remove the Russian official was taken in solidarity with the Czech Republic, embroiled in a dispute with Moscow, UKTN reported.
The Foreign Ministry defended its decision to expel Grishaev from the country in a statement to Agerpress which said “his activities and actions violated the provisions of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 1969”.
Russia’s sour relations with Eastern Europe
Bucharest’s decision follows a growing diplomatic row over the alleged role of Russian spies in a deadly explosion at a Czech ammunition depot in 2014. It is the worst dispute between Moscow and Prague in decades.
Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek said Moscow would have until the end of May to withdraw 63 embassy staff, a move he said was aimed at aligning staffing with those at the Czech embassy in Russia.
NATO allies Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have all announced they are expelling Russian diplomats – seven in total – after Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek called for the solidarity of the country’s European neighbors.