Sus­pected Rus­sian spies de­ported

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GENEVA — Swiss au­thor­i­ties said Fri­day that the Nether­lands ar­rested and ex­pelled two sus­pected Rus­sian spies who al­legedly tried to hack a Swiss lab­o­ra­tory that con­ducts tests for the UN-backed chem­i­cal weapons watch­dog.

Switzer­land’s for­eign min­istry sum­moned the Rus­sian am­bas­sador to protest the at­tempted at­tack.

The Fed­eral In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice says it worked “ac­tively” with Bri­tish and Dutch part­ners on the case in­volv­ing Switzer­land’s Spiez Lab­o­ra­tory.

Rus­sia’s for­eign min­is­ter said ear­lier this year that the lab an­a­lyzed sam­ples linked to the poi­son­ing of former Rus­sian spy Sergei Skri­pal and his daugh­ter in Eng­land.

The con­fir­ma­tion came af­ter Dutch news­pa­per NRC Han­dels­blad and Swiss news­pa­per Tages-Anzeiger re­ported that two Rus­sians sus­pected of be­ing agents of mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence ser­vice GRU were kicked out of the Nether­lands ear­lier this year as a re­sult of a Europe-wide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The Swiss au­thor­i­ties are aware of the case of Rus­sian spies dis­cov­ered in The Hague and ex­pelled from the same place,” said FIS spokes­woman Is­abelle Graber in an email.

The Swiss at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice con­firmed it had iden­ti­fied “two in­di­vid­u­als” as part of a broader in­ves­ti­ga­tion opened last year.

Switzer­land’s for­eign min­istry said it sum­moned Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador on Fri­day to “protest against this at­tempted at­tack” and de­manded that Rus­sia “im­me­di­ately” end its spy­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on Swiss soil.

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