Albania Expels Russian Diplomat For 'Repeated' Violations Of Coronavirus Restrictions.

Albania says it is expelling a Russian diplomat for allegedly violating lockdown rules aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus in the Adriatic country.

The Albanian government declared Aleksei Krivosheev “persona non grata” and required him to leave the country within 72 hours, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on January 21, citing "repeated" violations of pandemic restrictions by the diplomat since April 2020.

The ministry said senior representatives of the Foreign Ministry first addressed the matter with the Russia ambassador in Tirana, but the diplomat continued to break lockdown rules.

“Repeated challenging of the protective rules and steps on the pandemic, and disregarding the concerns of Albanian state institutions related to that, cannot be justified and tolerated anymore,” the statement said.

It did not give the diplomat’s position or provide details on the alleged violations.

There was no immediate comment from Russian officials.

Albania has imposed an overnight curfew, mandatory use of masks both indoors and outdoors, as well as social distancing.

Tirana resumed diplomatic relations with Moscow in 1991, 30 years after the country's then-communist regime severed previously close ties with the Soviet Union.

With reporting by AP

Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

Related news
McCarthy formally requests meeting with Biden over escalating border crisis.

McCarthy formally requests meeting with Biden over escalating border crisis.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joins 'Hannity' to discuss worsening border crisis. #FoxNews #Hannity Subscribe to Fox Business! Watch more Fox Business Video: Watch Fox Business Network Live: FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news ch...

Defense Secretary on Iran: Response at ‘time and place of our own choosing’.

Defense Secretary on Iran: Response at ‘time and place of our own choosing’.

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz speaks with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the recent rocket attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the ABC News Live Stream Here: SUBSCRIBE to ABC NEWS: Watch More on LIKE AB...

Senate reached deal to move forward with COVID relief bill.

Senate reached deal to move forward with COVID relief bill.

Sen. Joe Manchin held out for a deal on unemployment benefits and Democrats came to an agreement with the Senator. #FoxNews #Breaking #Hannity Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is...

COVID-19 relief bill snags over unemployment benefits.

COVID-19 relief bill snags over unemployment benefits.

The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation remains at a standstill in the Senate as Democrats debate on how to handle jobless benefits in the package.

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - March 5th, 2021 - NBC Nightly News.

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - March 5th, 2021 - NBC Nightly News.

CDC warns of possible new Covid infections as states ease restrictions, Rochester community outraged over police pepper spray incident, and Meghan Markle opens up to Oprah about speaking for herself. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:...

Stephen Miller says Biden might need 'jumbotron' for State of the Union.

Stephen Miller says Biden might need 'jumbotron' for State of the Union.

Former Trump speech writer tells 'Hannity' Biden hasn't done a press conference or SOTU because they can't fit a 'jumbotron' into the well of Congress. #FoxNews #Hannity Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live...

1 144