China News Agency, Moscow, October 5 (Reporter Tian Bing) The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the 5th, declaring the Lithuanian Chargé d'affaires in Russia "persona non grata" and asking him to leave the country within 5 days.
According to a statement issued on the official website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 5th, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned a staff member of the Lithuanian embassy in Russia on the same day and submitted a note to him stating that in response to the unprovoked expulsion of the Russian Chargé d’Affaires in Lithuania, the Lithuanian Embassy in Russia The Chargé d'Affaires was declared "persona non grata" and asked to leave Russia within five days.
The statement also stated that Russia will "freeze" the Lithuanian Cultural Center in Moscow in view of Lithuania's hostile line of completely destroying relations between the two countries, including people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
In addition, Russia reserves the right to take further measures in response to other unfriendly measures taken by Lithuania.
According to Russian media reports, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Sergei Ryabko, the Russian Chargé d’affaires in Lithuania on the 3rd, declared him persona non grata, and left the country within 5 days.
On April 4, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania announced that it would lower the level of diplomatic relations with Russia, recall the Lithuanian ambassador to Russia, and at the same time asked the Russian ambassador to leave the country, and closed the Russian consulate general in Klaipeda.