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Spain kicks about 25 Russian diplomats out after Ukraine atrocity

Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said that the people being told to leave represented "a threat to the security interests" of Spain

05 April 2022, Spain, Madrid: Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Ministers. Albares announced the expulsion of 25 Russian diplomats accredited in Spain. This measure joins similar decisions made by other European countries after the apparent indiscriminate killings of civilians in Ukraine's Bucha and Mariupol. Photo: Gustavo Valiente/EUROPA PRESS/dpa.
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Ministers. Photo: Gustavo Valiente/dpa.

"At least 25" people working at the Russian embassy in Madrid are being ordered out of the country by the Spanish government, as Spain becomes the latest country to react to allegations of Russian human rights atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine.

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said the affected people include diplomats and other personnel.

He said this was a direct response to the "horrible incidents in Ukraine," but also noted that the people being told to leave represented "a threat to the security interests" of Spain.

The announcement comes hours ahead of a 5 pm (1500 GMT) videolink address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the Spanish legislature.

Spain kicks about 25 Russian diplomats out after Ukraine atrocity
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