Residence of the Ambassador of Russia considers the actions of the British authorities regarding visas Russian diplomats as an attempt to minimize the ability to function as diplomatic missions and diplomats, really, to equate to a persona non-grata, said the press Secretary of the Embassy in London.
"Such actions could be viewed as a violation of international obligations, for example, the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations of 1961, According to which the functions of a diplomatic agent shall terminate upon notification by the sending state of the host country ", – the words policy RIA " Novosti ".
the Commissioner of the Embassy explained that the Convention did not give the receiving state the authority to limit the period of performance of its functions by a diplomatic agent in its territory, except when any of the diplomatic staff of the mission is declared a persona non-grata, or any other employee representation is invalid." at present, limits the tenure of office of employees of the Russian Embassy in London and Consulate General in Edinburgh, imposed on us by the British side, are equal to declaring them persona non-grata in the understanding of article 9 of the Convention. That is, the story is about the expulsion ", – he said. The officer added that so violated article seventh and 10 of the Convention, According to which the appointment of a diplomatic agent except in the head of the representation, does not require the approval of the host country. The work of the Russian Embassy in the UK is broken, and the membership of the diplomatic mission is reduced due to the fact that English authorities already more than half year delay in issuing visas to diplomats. Before Tuesday, the Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko in his own microblog on Twitter wrote that the UK authorities to force Russian diplomats using visa bureaucratic stratagems, thereby reducing Embassy staff ". Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July, the EU and the US from point penalties against private individuals and organizations have moved to the measures against entire sectors of Russia's economy. Over the past year the sanctions list, many times replenished with new individuals and legal entities. Summer 2014 was added and sectoral economic penalties. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have entered against her punishment.