NATO expels eight Russian diplomats over spying, dismiss two others in mission

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Canan Kevser
07 October 2021, 14:41
Canan Kevser
07 October 2021, 14:41

NATO has expelled eight members of Russia’s mission to the alliance labelling them "undeclared Russian intelligence officers."

NATO said on Wednesday that it had withdrawn the accreditation of eight members of the Russian mission and reduced to 10 the number of positions Moscow is able to accredit to NATO.

Sky News reported that NATO’s decision came after information was revealed in April about the fatal explosions at a Czech ammunition depot in 2014 that Prague says involved two Russian spies, who were also identified as allegedly implicated in the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.

There was no immediate comment from the Kremlin.

Russia has long had an observer mission to NATO as part of the NATO-Russia Council founded 20 years ago that was meant to promote cooperation in common security areas, but it is not a member of the US-led alliance.

As reported earlier, U.S. senators urged President Joe Biden to expel 300 Russian diplomats from the country, amid the disproportionality in diplomatic representation.