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The incident with an employee of the Norwegian consulate, who declared her hatred of Russians in a hotel in the Murmansk region, is a manifestation of hatred and nationalism, says Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
In a video shared by the Mash Telegram channel, a woman tells a hotel employee that she “hates Russians.” According to Mash, the reason for the conflict was the request of the hotel managers to wait until the maids finished cleaning the room.
“The Russian Foreign Ministry is working out options for responding to this outrageous act of hatred, nationalism and xenophobia. Unless the Norwegian Foreign Ministry gets ahead of us. What would be right, — Zakharova said.
In her opinion, in the words of the consular employee “there was hatred for one nationality and undisguised national superiority.” The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the woman in the video— consular officer Elisabeth Ellingsen, she arrived in Russia in 2019.
According to Mash, the police began checking the statements of a Norwegian citizen, she faces a criminal case under the article on inciting hatred or enmity (282 of the Criminal Code).
RBC sent inquiries to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Murmansk region, the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk, the Norwegian Embassy in Russia and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.
From July 1, the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk ceased to provide services to the population. The diplomatic mission advised to apply to two other consulates general in Russia— in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In February, Norway advised its citizens to refrain from any travel to Russia. The country also joined the EU sanctions against Russia and closed its airspace to Russian aircraft, and the ports— for ships.
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