“After what happened, the presence of Elisabeth Ellingsen in Russia is no longer possible,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Earlier on Thursday, the ministry summoned Norwegian ambassador Rune Resaland and protested against E. Ellingsen’s “insulting Russophobic remarks”.
In a video posted Saturday on a Telegram channel linked to Russian security services, a woman who identified herself as Elisabeth Ellingsen, the Norwegian consul in Russia’s northern port city of Murmansk, vented her anger that her hotel room in the city had not been properly cleaned.
“I hate Russians!… Just give me a room… I’m used to clean rooms – I’m from Scandinavia,” the woman can be heard angrily saying in an edited video posted by the Mash channel that has sparked outrage in Russia.
Ellingsen’s outburst was filmed amid tensions between Russia and the West over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, which has prompted a series of European and US sanctions against Moscow.
Norway’s foreign ministry expressed its “deep regret” over the weekend over the incident.
“The sentiments expressed do not reflect Norwegian policy or Norway’s attitude towards Russia and the Russian people,” the ministry said in a statement obtained by the AFP news agency, adding that the incident was being discussed through “appropriate channels”.
On Thursday, Moscow said it had taken notice of the Norwegian statement.
Norwegian Foreign Ministry representative Guri Solberg said on Thursday that the country’s ambassador was informed that Moscow canceled E. Ellingsen’s visa.
The ambassador reiterated that the consul’s statements “do not reflect Norway’s policy”, G. Solberg said, adding that E. Ellingsen is currently not in Russia.
In June, Norway announced the temporary closure of its consulate general in Murmansk.