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Kremlin boots diplomat caught on video saying 'I hate Russians'

On Thursday, Moscow was filmed with the Norwegian consulate declaring, "I hate Russians." He said he could no longer stay in Russia after the war. An outburst of anger at the hotel reception.

"After this event, Elisabeth Ellinsen's presence in Russia became impossible," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Norwegian Ambassador Rene Letherland to protest Ellingsen's "insulting Russophobic remarks".

A Norwegian diplomat was recorded insulting a Russian at a hotel reception in the Arctic city of Murmansk.

The video was posted over the weekend by the Mash Telegram channel, which is believed to be close to Russia's security services, sparking outcry across the country. ``I hate Russians. I'm here.

Ellingsen's explosion came at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and the West over Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This triggered a series of US and European sanctions against Moscow.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said last weekend it "deeply regrets" the incident.

"The sentiments expressed do not reflect Norwegian policy or Norwegian attitudes towards Russia," the foreign ministry said.

On Thursday, Moscow said it had taken note of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry's statement.

Norwegian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Gri Solberg said on Thursday that the country's ambassador was informed that Moscow had revoked Ellingsen's visa.

The ambassador reiterated that the consular statement "does not reflect Norwegian policy," Solberg added that Mr. Ellingsen is not currently in Russia.

Norway announced in June that it would temporarily close its consulate general in Murmansk.

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