The Russian Foreign Ministry responded with mirror measures to the expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Colombia: for example, the Colombian ambassador Alfonso López Caballero was summoned to the ministry, and two employees of the country's embassy in Moscow were declared persona non grata. This is stated on the website of the department.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Caballero was protesting over the “groundless decision” of the Colombian side to expel two Russians. “This step does not correspond to the spirit of traditionally friendly and mutually respectful relations between Russia and Colombia,” the ministry's press service stressed.
A day earlier, it became known that Colombia was expelling two Russian diplomatic workers. The diplomatic missions Alexander Paristov and Alexander Belousov were suspected of working for the intelligence services.
Diplomats allegedly recruited informants in the city of Cali for military intelligence. In addition, according to media reports, the Russians were engaged in economic espionage, in particular, taking an interest in the exploitation of mineral resources.