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Russian rage over diplomat expulsions from NATO

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Russian rage over diplomat expulsions from NATO


Russia has reacted strongly to the expulsion of two of its diplomats from NATO headquarters in Brussels amidst a spy scandal. The tensions flared on the day NATO and Russia ambassadors resumed political dialogue suspended over Moscow’s involvement in last year’s Georgian War.

Russia’s representative at NATO, Dmitry Rogozin said: “I consider this decision by NATO to be a pure provocation that seeks to annul all of our recent agreements to restart work at the NATO-Russia council.” Diplomatic sources say the pair – one of whom is claimed to be the son of Russia’s permanent envoy to the EU – have been thrown out because of connections with an Estonian mole. Herman Simm is serving a 12-year jail term for supplying more than 2,000 pages of classified documents to his handlers in the Russian foreign intelligence service. Simm worked at the Estonian Defence Ministry, and had access to top secret NATO intelligence after his country joined in 2004.

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