Russia’s decision to expel 45 Polish diplomats and consular employees came as no surprise, Poland’s foreign minister said on Friday.
A spokesperson for the Polish Foreign Ministry has said that 45 Polish diplomats and consular employees have been expelled from Russia.
The director of Poland’s National Security Department Stanislaw Zaryn said: ”These are people who function within the framework of diplomatic status, but de facto conduct intelligence activities against Poland.”
Polish diplomatic missions in Ukraine and Russia will continue operating, and their staff will help document Russian war crimes committed in Ukraine, a spokesperson for the Polish foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński said in Brussels on Monday evening following a meeting of EU foreign ministers that Poland was not currently planning to evacuate its diplomatic missions from Ukraine.
Poland has no plans to evacuate the families of its embassy staff in Kyiv, the deputy foreign minister has said, despite the US ordering relatives of its embassy staff to leave.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said: "We have evacuated Poles, people cooperating with us, from Kabul and Afghanistan to Uzbekistan.” He added: “A Dreamliner is flying from Poland to Afghanistan to transport the first 50 people to the country."
A group of diplomats and representatives of international organisations accredited to Poland have voiced their recognition for actions raising public awareness of problems affecting the LGBTI community.
The prime ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) in a joint declaration on Monday backed the Czech Republic in its diplomatic conflict with Russia.
The EU supports Poland in its diplomatic strife with Russia, which has culminated in the recent expulsion of five diplomats from the Polish embassy in Moscow.