Expulsion of a Russian suspected spy, a provocation- Russia says

Russian Embassy in Belgrade considers that the declaration of "persona non grata" for 5 years to the Russian journalist, Daria Asmalova, suspected of being a spy of the intelligence service of the Russian army - GRU, is a disregard of the basic democratic principles.

The Russian Embassy in Belgrade has called on the UN, OSCE, and EU to give a relevant assessment regarding this event.

"On August 6, 2022, on the administrative line between Central Serbia and the Autonomous Region of Kosovo and Metohija, the Kosovar-Albanian "security forces" detained a Russian journalist, a special editor of the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" D. M. Aslamova," the embassy writes.

"Under fabricated excuses, the Kosovars expelled D. M. Aslamov, who came to the territory of the region and absurdly accused her of "working for the Russian intelligence services", she was detained and interrogated for several hours".

The embassy states that she was denied the use of her cell phone and access to all personal belongings.

"The embassy immediately informed the international presence in the region, in particular the UN Mission for the Interim Administration in Kosovo (MONC), acting by Security Council 1244, as well as through the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation to the UN in New York - directly to the UN Secretariat".

"Aslamova is safe, she is in the territory of Central Serbia".

The Russian Embassy in Serbia considers the detention of D. M. Aslamova unfounded and, according to them, it is also a provocation of the temporary self-governing bodies of Kosovo, an example of Prishtina's complete disregard for basic democratic principles, including media freedom.

"We call on the UN Secretariat, UNIC, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, the EU Rule of Law Mission, and relevant international organizations to immediately provide an appropriate public assessment of the incident," the Russian embassy wrote.

Journalist Aslamova was detained on Saturday evening and then deported from Kosovo.

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Kosovo, Xhelal Sveçla, declared that she is a spy of the Military Intelligence Service of Russia and that she is an undesirable person for Kosovo. By his decision, she was banned from entering republican Kosovo for the next 5 years.