Publish date17 Jul 2018 - 7:21
Story Code : 343592

France shuts official trade agency in Russia on "deteriorated conditions"

France decided to shut its 'Business France' trade agency in Russia after what it said on Monday was a long period of negotiations with Russian authorities following Moscow's expulsion of its director.
France shuts official trade agency in Russia on "deteriorated conditions"
In March, Russia expelled four French diplomats in retaliation against the West over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury, Britain.
"Business France's working conditions have deteriorated considerably in the last few months," the French embassy said in a statement, adding that the agency had been hit by "illegal seizures on its bank accounts, despite being protected by the Vienna convention."
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