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.
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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."