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Russia shuts its diplomatic mission to NATO after spy scandal

16:53, 18 October 2021
Russia shuts its diplomatic mission to NATO after spy scandal Photo: Сергей Булкин/NEWS.ru

Earlier eight Russian diplomats have been expelled after being accused of being intelligence agents.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Monday that Russia would suspend its permanent mission to NATO after the alliance had expelled eight Russian diplomats on October 6.

“Following NATO’s deliberate moves we are deprived of proper conditions to keep our diplomatic mission. As a response to NATO’s actions, we suspend the operation of our permanent mission.”

According to Lavrov, the Russian government regarded it as unfriendly intentions that is why it decided to pause its mission NATO, as well as recall the diplomats including the main military representative. Russia will also halt NATO’s military communications mission and its Information agency.

The deadline has been set for November 1. Starting from this day NATO will be able to contact Moscow only through the Russian embassy in Belgium.

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NATO earlier cut the Russian diplomatic mission representatives’ number in 2015 and 2018 after the Crimean accession. The alliance has also restricted access to its headquarters.

Russia accuses NATO of aggravating the military and political tension between the parties and hyping up the “Russian threat” to ensure the unity within the alliance and make it “apparently required”.

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The Monday announcement comes shortly after a confrontation between Russian and American vessels near Russian marine borders in the Japan Sea.