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Russian Foreign Ministry Says Norwegian Diplomat Should Leave Country Over 'Russophobic' Insults.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova slammed what she called the "unacceptable behavior" of the Norewegian consul in Murmansk. (file photo)

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova slammed what she called the "unacceptable behavior" of the Norewegian consul in Murmansk. (file photo)

Russia's Foreign Ministry says a Norwegian diplomat should leave the country because of "Russophobic" statements she made.

Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on August 4 that Norwegian Ambassador to Russia Rune Resaland was summoned over the "unacceptable behavior" of Elisabeth Ellingsen, Norwegian consul in the Arctic city of Murmansk, at a hotel reception that was recorded on a security camera and distributed online over the weekend.

"After what happened, Elisabeth Ellingsen's presence in Russia is impossible," the statement said.

In the video, posted on a Telegram channel on July 30, Ellingsen was seen frustrated as she waited for a clean room and used words insulting the hotel staff and Russians in general.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said earlier it "deeply regretted" the incident.

The diplomatic incident comes as relations between Russia and the West have been tense since late February after Russia launched its ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

With reporting by AFP

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