On October 5, an employee of the Lithuanian Embassy was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry. He was handed a note with a message that Lithuanian Charge d’Affaires in Russia Virginia Umbrasene is being declared persona non grata in the Russian Federation. She was ordered to leave the territory of our country within five days.
This step was taken in response to a similar action by Lithuania – the day before in Vilnius they announced that they were expelling a Russian diplomat Sergei Ryabokon. He was accused of “interference in the internal affairs of the host state” and was given five days to leave. Ryabokon performed the duties of Chargé d’Affaires in Lithuania – since then, last spring, this Baltic republic expelled the Russian ambassador Anatoly Isakov and withdrew her own authorized representative in Moscow Eitvydas Bayarunas.
It was also stated that “taking into account the hostile line of Lithuania towards the complete collapse of bilateral relations, including humanitarian ties, the Russian side freezes the activities of the cultural center of the Lithuanian diplomatic mission in Moscow – the so-called. Houses Baltrushaitis“.
It is indicated that “depending on other unfriendly steps taken by Vilnius, we reserve the right to take additional measures of influence.”