NATO has removed eight “undeclared Russian intelligence officers” and reduced the number of accredited members allowed to work for the Russian mission from 20 to 10, a NATO official confirmed to Axios.
Why it matters: It’s the first time NATO has expelled Russians claiming to be diplomats since 2018, after Russian military intelligence officers were accused of poisoning former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.
NATO’s policy toward Russia remains consistent. We have strengthened our deterrence and defense in response to Russia’s aggressive actions, while at the same time we remain open for a meaningful dialogue,” a NATO official told Axios.
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NATO has removed 8 “undeclared Russian intelligence officers” from the Russian mission — the first time it’s expelled Russians claiming to be diplomats since 2018.
— Axios (@axios) October 6, 2021
Nato has expelled eight members of Russia’s mission to the military alliance saying they were secretly working as intelligence officers https://t.co/Hh9qWwNA72
— Evening Standard (@standardnews) October 6, 2021