British newborns are actually deprived of “breast milk” and “mothers”. In order not to offend “gender-neutral” patients, hospitals in Brighton and Sussex have introduced new terminology.
Foreign diplomats knew this very well. Thus, the participation of staff members from the Swedish and Polish consulates general and of the German embassy in the actions of January 23 and 31 represents not only interference in the internal affairs of Russia, but also a violation, deliberate and conscious, of the laws of the host country.
An unfounded claim on Western aggression against Russia.
It was reported earlier by Euvsdisinfo that Russia expelled three European diplomats who were monitoring the protests. Actually, they were only present at the spot where the protests were taking place, which is compatible with their status as foreign diplomats as the statement of the High Representative Josep Borrell points out.
Diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden were indeed at the January rallies in support of Alexei Navalny. But nothing indicates that the diplomats were actual participants: they did not speak to the audience, carry posters and banners or chant slogans. In accordance with their diplomatic status, they were present as observers. Russian media outlet The Insider also reminds readers about the terms of the Vienna convention. Article 3 defines the functions of diplomatic missions, including the following:
(d) Ascertaining by all lawful means conditions and developments in the receiving State, and reporting there on to the Government of the sending State
Silent attendance at a demonstration or rally, as well as communication with its participants, which does not yet count participation in a political campaign.
Moreover, it is absolutely impossible to understand the ban on holding mass events introduced at the time of the pandemic. The bans, introduced by the heads of Moscow and St. Petersburg, relate specifically to the holding of events, but not to visiting them. The diplomats did not organise the protests, they only visited them, fulfilling their duties under the convention. The European Parliament published the following statement on 8 February:
We strongly condemn the recent decision by the Russian Federation to expel from the country three EU diplomats, respectively from Germany, Poland and Sweden. The expulsion of those diplomats is utterly unjustified and runs counter to the letter and spirit of the Vienna convention, which explicitly allows diplomats to ascertain by all lawful means conditions and developments in the receiving State, and report thereon to the Government of the sending State.