On Apr 4, 2022 13:02 RT wrote 

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First EU member expels Russian ambassador

Lithuania has ordered the Russian ambassador to leave the country and recalled its diplomatic representative from Moscow

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Lithuania has become the first EU country to expel a  Russian ambassador over Moscow’s ongoing military attack on Ukraine. Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said that Vilnius’ own top diplomat in Moscow would also be recalled in the coming days.

In addition, his government has decided to shut down the Russian consulate in the city of Klaipeda.

Both Lithuania and Latvia had announced earlier on Monday that they plan to downgrade their diplomatic relations with Moscow.

In response to Russia’s relentless aggressive actions in Ukraine, the Lithuanian government has made the decision to downgrade the status of diplomatic representation,” Landsbergis said, speaking to journalists. “The Russian ambassador will have to leave Lithuania,” he added.

UPDATE: The previous version of this article erroneously stated that both Lithuania and Latvia have expelled their ambassadors to Russia. After review, the article has been amended to reflect that Latvia has downgraded its diplomatic relations with Russia but will announce specific measures later.

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