Outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo failed to answer questions about whether or not the Russian Ambassador to Malta Andrey Lopukhov will be expelled.

Bartolo failed to answer all the questions sent to him by the time this article was published.

One of the questions asked was also about Malta’s position on whether or not Russia should be banned from the Swift payment network.

On Facebook, Bartolo now wrote: “We agreed…that certain Russian banks be cut off from the Swift system”. Such a move lacking transparency is very typical of the Labour Party which he forms part of.

Matthew Caruana Galizia was not amused:

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