UN to protect Russian expelled from Kosovo

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Kosovo expels Russian diplomats

It was decided to expel the diplomat in connection with “harmful activities” that undermined the national security of Kosovo.

The UN Mission in Kosovo has not received notification of the declaration of the Russian employee persona non grata. This was announced by the representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dujarrick, noting that this status is not applicable to the employees of the organization, writes Kommersant January 2.

“The UN mission in Kosovo and Metohija and the UN headquarters are taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the employee in question, and maintain contacts with interested representatives of the authorities on this issue,” Dujarrik said in a statement.

He stated that any questions about staff members should be directed to the mission management so that the organization can “address them in accordance with status, privileges and immunities.”

“The doctrine of persona non grata is not applicable to UN personnel and is not provided for in UNMIK regulation 2000/47 (on the status, privileges and immunities of KFOR and UNMIK and their personnel in Kosovo),” the statement said.

Recall Kosovo declared a Russian employee of the UN mission persona non grata Dec. 31. They decided to expel him in connection with “harmful activities” that undermined the national security of Kosovo. The Russian Embassy in Serbia called the decision of the Kosovo authorities a provocation.

At the end of October, Kosovo President Viosa Osmani instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expel two Russian diplomats from the country due to the fact that they “threaten the national security and constitutional order” of the country.

Then two officials of the communications office of the Russian Federation in Kosovo were expelled. They were declared persona non grata.

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