As Le Figaro and BFM TV reported in early April, in early April the French authorities considered the activities of 30-35 employees “contrary to security interests”, and then in mid-April declared six more Russian diplomats persona non grata, suspecting them of working for intelligence agencies. The Italian Ambassador to Russia, Giorgio Starace, was summoned to the ministry to announce response measures. Russia has declared 24 Italian diplomats persona non grata. Read on RBC Pro Pro Employees steal at work: what 10 measures will help to avoid this for sanctions: an overview Articles Pro x The Economist How the largest manufacturers of consumer goods cope with inflation Articles Pro What can investors expect from the IPO of the creator of the TV show “Mask” and “Fort Boyard” Articles Pro The head of 1C-Bitrix Sergey Ryzhikov: “Excess of resources is a mistake Articles Pro 40% per year is already the norm: how Argentina lives in conditions of record inflation Articles Pro How goods with an “unfriendly” patent will be sold in Russia p> Article content Authors Tags Subscribe to VK RBC Get news faster than anyone else Истoчник rbc.ru at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then, after the publication of reports about the events in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, a new wave of expulsions of Russian diplomats began. Thus, the Foreign Ministry responded to the expulsion of employees of Russian diplomatic missions: in early April, the Italian authorities ordered 30 people to leave the country Russia will expel 24 Italian diplomats as a response, RIA Novosti reported. As stated in the Italian Foreign Ministry, the decision was made “in agreement with the partners.” and for “national security reasons.” At the time, the Russian Foreign Ministry promised “an appropriate response.” Earlier, on May 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced retaliatory measures against the expulsions of Russian diplomats by France. In addition, the ambassadors of Spain and Sweden were summoned to the Foreign Ministry, RIA Novosti reported. Italy declared 30 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission persona non grata in early April. Now Russia has announced retaliatory measures, deciding to expel 34 French diplomats. The country's ambassador, Pierre Levy, “was strongly protested against the provocative and unsubstantiated decision.” France to declare 41 employees of Russian diplomatic institutions persona non grata.