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After the clashes over the vaccine, the conflict between Albania and Russia deepens, Tirana declares Putin's diplomat "non grata"
Written by Sidorela BRAÇJA 22 Janar 2021
Clashes between Tirana and Moscow deepen. A few weeks ago there was a clash between Rama and the Russian Embassy, ??which offered to bring the anti-Covid vaccine to Tirana. But, yesterday the relations were aggravated after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared "non grata" a Russian diplomat. The Albanian government has declared the Russian diplomat as an undesirable person, asking him to leave the country for 72 hours, after not respecting the anti-Covid-19 measures taken by the Albanian authorities, for the protection of the population. The official statement of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs states that the diplomat has reiterated the violation of the rules and protective measures against the pandemic and the disregard of the concerns of the Albanian state institutions regarding them, can not be justified and can not be tolerated further. "Pityingly, The Albanian government has taken the decision to declare diplomat Alexey Krivosheev "Person NON Grata" (undesirable person), with the obligation to leave within 72 hours from the moment of giving the official notification. The Albanian government has had constant complaints and denunciations, on the open violations of the measures taken by a diplomat of the embassy of the Russian Federation in Tirana ", it is said in the announcement. The announcement of the Foreign Ministry states that the friendly relations with the Russian Federation have been violated by individual, repeated actions of the Russian diplomatic staff in Tirana. It is also noted that these denunciations have started since April last year. "The Albanian government wants to strengthen friendly relations with the Russian Federation, and expresses regret that the good will of both parties has been violated by individual actions, repeated visits of Russian diplomatic personnel in Tirana, in non-compliance with the measures taken by the Albanian authorities, for the protection of the population against Covid-19. "Since April 2020, but also at the beginning of this year, the Albanian Government has had constant complaints and denunciations, on the open violations of the measures taken by a diplomat of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Tirana", it is said in the statement.
Continued violation of measures
Among other things, the announcement says that this has been discussed with the Russian embassy in our country, while emphasizing the cooperative role of the ambassador regarding this issue. It is also emphasized that despite the promises that there will be no violation of the measures, they have continued to be violated by the diplomat. "Senior representatives of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs have contacted the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Tirana, Mikhail Afanasiev, expressing concern about the continuing violations of anti-Covid-19 measures by the diplomat. The MFA welcomed and deeply appreciated the ambassador's fully cooperative role in this matter, with the promise that these acts would not be repeated. Unfortunately, contrary to the promises, the diplomat continued to violate the measures, despite the expression of good will of both parties for not repeating the violations ", the ministry declares. The Ministry has requested understanding from the Russian side as a necessary measure for the protection of health and safety of all citizens within the territory of the Republic of Albania, whether Albanians or not, while offering readiness for continuous improvement of relations between our two countries. .