National Post (Latest Edition)

NATO EXPELS 8 RUSSIANS OVER SPY ALLEGATION­S

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BRUSSELS NATO has withdrawn the accreditat­ion of eight members of Russia’s mission to the alliance who were “undeclared Russian intelligen­ce officers,” a NATO official said on Wednesday.

“We can also confirm that we have reduced the number of positions which the Russian Federation can accredit to NATO to 10,” the NATO official said.

“NATO’S policy towards Russia remains consistent. We have strengthen­ed our deterrence and defence in response to Russia’s aggressive actions, while at the same time we remain open for a meaningful dialogue.”

A senior Russian lawmaker said Moscow would retaliate, the Interfax news agency reported.

Interfax cited Leonid Slutsky, head of the Russian lower house of parliament’s internatio­nal affairs committee, pictured, as saying that Moscow would not necessaril­y retaliate in kind.

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