Russia orders Austrian ORF journalist to leave in tit-for-tat move

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday that it had ordered the Moscow correspondent for Austrian state broadcaster ORF to leave the country after Vienna revoked the accreditation of TASS's chief correspondent in Austria.

Russia's foreign ministry said it had summoned ORF's chief Moscow correspondent, Carola Schneider.

"She was ordered to hand over her accreditation and to leave the territory of the Russian Federation in the near future," the foreign ministry said.

"It was emphasized that this step is a forced retaliatory measure in connection with the continued discrimination against representatives of the Russian media in Austria."

The foreign ministry said that if Austria restored accreditation to Arina Davidyan, the Vienna correspondent of state news agency TASS, then it could reverse its decision.

(Writing by Felix Light; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)