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Archive for August 13, 2022

Newsline: Montenegro expels Russian diplomat

The small former Yugoslav republic of Montenegro on Friday ordered a Russian diplomat to leave over what it called violations of norms, prompting Moscow to promise a response. Montenegro’s foreign ministry announced the move on Twitter but gave no details. “Russia will give an appropriate answer,” the Tass news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson as saying when asked about possible retaliation. (https://news.yahoo.com/montenegro-expel-russian-diplomat-moscow-175644305.html) In March and April, Montenegro’s foreign ministry ordered a total of five Russian diplomats to leave over violations of diplomatic norms. Tass said that in late May, Moscow had ordered a diplomat from Montenegro to leave Russia.

Newsline: Venezuela, Colombia seek to repair ties with appointments of new ambassadors

Venezuela and Colombia appointed ambassadors to each other’s capitals, moving to rebuild relations between the two countries that have been broken for more than three years. The appointments come days after the inauguration of Colombia’s first leftist president, Gustavo Petro, who has expressed his intention to normalize diplomatic relations with Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appointed Felix Plasencia, a former foreign minister, as ambassador to Bogota, calling him “a man of great diplomatic experience”. Petro named Armando Benedetti, a former senator, as Colombia’s ambassador to Caracas. (https://news.yahoo.com/venezuela-president-appoints-former-foreign-233943284.html) Maduro added that Vice President Delcy Rodriguez will be in charge of designing a plan to reopen Venezuela’s border with Colombia and boost trade and investment with its neighbor. Caracas broke off relations with Bogota in early 2019 after members of the Venezuelan opposition tried to cross from Colombian territory with trucks loaded with food and medicine.

Newsline: Russia’s embassy came under kangaroo attack in Australia

Russia came under attack by a gutsy kangaroo in Australia, and the animal’s attempt to infiltrate Russia’s embassy was caught on camera. The marsupial was spotted on surveillance video trying to hop through the gates of the Russian Embassy in Canberra, 9News reported. (https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/trending/unauthorized-entry-kangaroo-attempts-break-into-russian-embassy/) The Russian embassy later shared the video on its Twitter page, saying that the CCTV cameras “recorded an event of unauthorized entry. No one got hurt.” The video shows the kangaroo trying to squeeze through the bars of the embassy’s gates multiple times, almost appearing to get stuck, before hopping away.