The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave an ultimatum to the Russian Embassy, which asked it to give up a certain number of employees within 30 days. The MFA stated that if the Russian side does not respect the mentioned deadline, it will withdraw the accreditation of some members of its diplomatic staff.
Russian Embassy, ultimatum from the Romanian MFA
The MFA reported that the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Bucharest was informed about the decision of the Romanian authorities to reduce the diplomatic and technical-administrative staff of the Russian Federation in the country by limiting their number to a level close to that of the diplomatic and technical-administrative representation of Romania in Russia.
According to the decision of the Romanian authorities, the Russian Federation must reduce the number of positions in Romania by 51 positions. Concretely, with 21 diplomat positions and 30 technical-administrative staff positions, respectively to reduce the staff actually at the post in our country by 40 people – that is, by 11 diplomats and by 29 people who belong to the technical-administrative staff.
The difference between the number of positions and the number of personnel actually at the position is explained by the fact that not all positions on the Russian personnel scheme in Romania are currently occupied.
MAE: Russia can choose the people who will have to leave Romania
Also, the MAE conveyed that Russia can choose which positions will be reduced and which of the employees will have to leave Romania, respecting the limitations related to each category (diplomats, respectively technical-administrative personnel).
Therefore, the total number of diplomatic and technical-administrative posts of the Russian Federation in Romania is reduced by 61%, and the effective number of personnel by 55.5%.
The measure was adopted in accordance with the provisions of art. 11 paragraph 1 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961. It shows that in the absence of an explicit agreement on the mission, the receiving state can request that this effective be maintained within the limits of what it considers reasonable and normal, having in mind considering the circumstances and conditions existing in this state and the needs of the mission in question.
This ultimatum given to Russia reflects the current state of bilateral relations. These were drastically reduced by Romania after the Russian Federation launched the war of aggression against Ukraine.
If the 30-day deadline is not respected, the Romanian MFA will take measures to implement the decision by withdrawing the accreditation of some members of the diplomatic and technical-administrative staff of the Russian Federation in Romania in order to ensure compliance with the ceiling decided for limiting Russian personnel in our country.