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VIENNA (AP) — The Austrian government announced on Thursday that it had ordered four diplomats stationed in Vienna to leave the country.
In a brief statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said two diplomats at the Russian embassy “engaged in acts inconsistent with their diplomatic status” and two at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna “acted inconsistent with the headquarters agreement.” I went,” he said. It didn’t elaborate.
The diplomat was given one week to leave Austria.
Western European countries and Russia have expelled each other’s diplomats several times since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine almost a year ago.
A member of the European Union with a policy of military neutrality, Austria has provided Ukraine with aid, but not military equipment. President Alexander van der Bellen was in Kyiv on Wednesday on a trip to highlight Austria’s solidarity.
Vienna is home to United Nations agencies such as the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
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