20 people worked in the mission of the Russian Federation to NATO
Eight Russian diplomats will be expelled. The positions of two more Russians were laid off.
According to sources, NATO leaders have decided to halve Russia’s mission to the Alliance in response to suspicions of hostile activities, including espionage and assassinations. Eight Russian diplomats, believed to be hidden intelligence officers, will be expelled. Also, two positions of two more Russians will be cut.
“We can also confirm that we have reduced the number of posts that the Russian Federation can accredit to NATO,” added the channel’s interlocutor.
He noted that NATO’s policy towards Russia remains consistent. The Alliance has stepped up containment and defense in response to Moscow’s aggressive moves, he said.
“At the same time, we remain open to constructive dialogue,” he added.
The day before, the US Senate called on President Joe Biden to immediately take measures to increase the staff of the US Embassy in Moscow, and if the Russian government does not make concessions – send 300 Russian diplomats.
In turn, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that this appeal of the American senators is emotionaland also complained about the “suffering of two peoples.”