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Edit: This seemed to work at first, but further testing shows it didn't.
I have users at my firm complaining about the same behavior. Our users mainly create Teams meetings from Teams Outlook add-in. This morning I tested out a theory. When creating the Teams meeting using the add-in, I click the To: field so I can see both the Required and Optional attendee fields. For one meeting, I put people in the required field and for the second meeting, I put them in the optional field. I then asked everyone to decline both invites.
After they declined, I started typing in the chats for each meeting. The meeting with required attendees all got the chat message notifications even though they declined the meeting. However, no one received chat notifications for the other declined meeting that they were added as optional to. I want to test this again (and it would be great in some of you could test this too), but it initially seems that required attendees are getting notifications no matter what and optional attendees are able to completely remove themselves from the meeting when they decline it.