Poland expels Russian diplomat

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Poland has decided to expel a Russian diplomat from the Russian General Consulate in Poznań, western Poland, the Polish Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The move follows Russia's Friday expulsion of a Polish diplomat from Moscow, the ministry said.

The ministry said its decision had been consulted with Germany and Sweden, whose diplomats were also expelled from Russia together with the Pole.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said the expulsions hung together with the diplomats' participation in a January 23 protest against the imprisonment of Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny.

Russia announced the expulsions during a Moscow visit by EU diplomacy head Josep Borrell, which caused many commentators to call Borrel's mission a failure.

Borrell subsequently condemned Moscow's move, insisting that the expelled diplomats had not overstepped their diplomatic mandate.

On Friday the Polish Foreign Ministry said it would take "adequate steps" if Russia failed to withdraw the diplomats' expulsion. On Monday Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov upheld the decision.