The Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexey Chepa, noted that the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s demand to send an employee of the Russian diplomatic mission out of the country without clear charges and evidence of espionage indicates that the Swedes just want to stand out in the overall picture of Russophobic hysteria.
Alexey Chepa, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, commented on the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s request to the Russian Ambassador Viktor Tatarintsev to expel one of the Russian diplomats from the country, allegedly connected with a Swedish citizen who was previously detained, who collected intelligence information in favor of the Russian Federation. According to Chepa, it would be worthwhile for the Swedes to first find out whether an employee of the Russian diplomatic mission is guilty, charge him, and only after that demand expulsion.
“Everything else is similar to the general picture of Russophobic hysteria. And I think that within the framework of this general flow, Swedish diplomats decided to also distinguish themselves,” said Chapa in an interview with a Nation News correspondent. There were always accusations of espionage, but before that some evidence had always been presented, or the officer was caught red-handed, the deputy reminded. “And here they just clean uncomfortable people,” stated the source of the publication.