Sunday, October 24

NATO expels eight Russian diplomats for espionage




NATO has withdrawn its diplomatic accreditation to eight Russian representatives for considering that they were carrying out espionage work, as confirmed by several allied sources. The most concise version of the Alliance sources indicates that their accreditation has been withdrawn “from eight members of the Russian Mission to NATO, who were undeclared Russian intelligence officials.” In addition, NATO has decided to reduce the number of posts in the Russian representation at its headquarters in Brussels.

Since the annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula in 2014, relations between Russia and NATO have been practically frozen, although allied officials insisted yesterday that even despite these expulsions, the Atlantic Alliance remains open to dialogue with Moscow. An allied invitation to a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council has been pending since the beginning of last year, pending a response from Moscow.

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