Lithuania expels a chargé d’affaires ad interim of the Russian Federation
On 3 October, a representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Lithuania was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and handed a note declaring the chargé d'affaires ad interim of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabokon as persona non grata. Sergey Ryabokon is given five days to leave the country.
Lithuania made the decision taking into account the information provided by competent authorities that recent actions and statements by S. Ryabokon were incompatible with his diplomatic status, regarded as an interference in the host state's internal affairs, and, therefore, violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Lithuania's Foreign Ministry also strongly protested against the Russian President's decision of 30 September to illegally annex the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia, parts of which were temporarily occupied by Russia.