NATO expels eight Russian diplomats from Russia's mission to the alliance
The North Atlantic Alliance has decided to reduce the Russian mission to NATO. According to the British television channel Sky News, the Russian representation is being cut in half.
According to the TV channel, NATO has decided to expel eight Russian diplomats and reduce the mission's staff by two more. The reason for the expulsion was called "hostile activities of Russia." The alliance believes that all eight expelled Russians are intelligence officers. The reason for the reduction of two more positions in NATO was not explained.
NATO has decided to halve the size of Russia's mission to the Alliance in response to suspicions of Russian malicious activity, including assassinations and espionage. 8 diplomats deemed to be undeclared intelligence officers will be asked to leave and 2 other positions will be removed
- wrote on Twitter the editor of the Sky News channel Deborah Haynes.
Currently, the number of the Russian permanent mission to NATO is twenty people. After the expulsion of eight Russians and the reduction of two positions, only ten people will remain in the mission. That is, NATO is cutting the Russian representation by half.
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the alliance countries to establish cooperation with Russia in order to avoid a new arms race and a cold war. At the same time, Moscow noted that relations between Russia and NATO have recently been at their lowest point, interaction has almost come to naught.
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