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Russian Foreign Ministry: "persona non grata" move against Regnum heads is Latvia’s unfriendly step

Alla Petrova, BC, Riga, 12.08.2012.Print version
The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed a lack of understanding why two Russian citizens have been ''black listed'' in Latvia, the ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zaharova said on Thursday.

''Moscow does not understand this unfriendly step taken by the Latvian foreign minister,'' Zaharova said.


She added that Russia holds the right to take the necessary action to respond to this step taken by Latvia, writes LETA.


As reported, earlier this week, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkrvics took a decision to declare two citizens of the Russian Federation, Modest Kolerov and Igor Palvovsky, personae non grata in the territory of Latvia.


The decision was adopted on the basis of information provided by a competent institution of Latvia regarding secret activities of Modest Kolerov and Igor Palvovsky in Latvia directed against the security interests of Latvia, including territorial integrity and economic security of the country.


Kolerov is a former advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of Russian news agency Regnum, while Palvovsky is the deputy editor at Regnum.


Kolerov has already been declared personae non grata in Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia.

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