Moscow voices protest over detention of Russian Deputy Trade Representative in Norway

Moscow voices protest over detention of Russian Deputy Trade Representative in Norway
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  • calendar-gray 19 August 2020

Moscow had lodged a protest with Oslo over the detention of a Russian deputy trade representative in Norway, APA reports citing Sputnik.

“During a meeting with a Norwegian citizen on 15 August, 2020, the [Russian] deputy trade representative was unjustifiably detained by Norwegian police. They searched him and did not provide an opportunity for him to contact the embassy or summon a consular officer to the scene of the incident. We have voiced a protest to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry in connection with the violation of the status of a diplomat”, the Russian Embassy said in a comment posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page.

The embassy also underscored that "Russia will, of course, draw its own conclusions" from the incident. 

The statement comes after the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said earlier in the day that it had decided to expel a Russian diplomat from Norway in connection with the espionage scandal and that the diplomat is due to leave the country by the end of this week.

The NRK news outlet cited head of the communications department at the Norwegian Foreign Ministry Trude Maaseide as saying that the move was made because "the Russian diplomat [whose name was not revealed] met with a Norwegian spy". 

At the same time, she pointed out that Norway actively cooperates with Russia in a number of industries and that this collaboration is still in force. Oslo "does not want this expulsion to affect the overall development of its relations with Moscow", Maaseide stressed.

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