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11:25  30 march  2022
11:25  30 march  2022 Source:   france24.com

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La ministre belge des Affaires étrangères, Sophie Wilmès, à Bruxelles, le 1er octobre 2020. © Hatim Kaghat, Belga, AFP the Belgian Foreign Minister, Sophie Wilmès, Brussels, October 1, 2020.

Several countries of the Union European, including the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic, have successively announced Tuesday, as part of a coordinated action, the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats suspected of "threatening spying operations national security ".

Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Ireland announced Tuesday the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats suspected of espionage, in a coordinated action in full invasion of the Ukraine by Moscow .

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The Belgian diplomacy, Sophie Wilmès, announced that 21 people working for the Russian Embassy and Consulate will have to leave Belgian territory because suspected "espionage and influence operations threatening national security".

At the same time, Ireland will expel four Russian diplomats, the Netherlands has in their viewfinder 17 accredited on their qualified soil of "Russian intelligence officers" and the Czech Republic gave 72 hours to a Russian diplomat.

"Together, with our allies, we reduce the presence of Russian intelligence services in the EU," said the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter.

The spokesperson for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, stated in AFP that Moscow will respond to these expulsions following "the principle of reciprocity".

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Belgium and the Netherlands proceed to these expulsions in a concerted way, AFP said the Belgian diplomacy office, Sophie Wilmès. The Belgian minister relayed on his account twitter an announcement just made before a commission of Parliament, where she clarified that the 21 persons concerned will have to leave the Belgian territory within 15 days.

These are staff from the Russian Embassy in Brussels and the Consulate in Antwerp (in the north of the country), always according to the services of Sophie Wilmes.

The Belgian Government does not have jurisdiction over accredited diplomats from the European Union and NATO, institutions that have their headquarters in Brussels.

"Threat for National Security"

In The Netherlands, the 17 evictions are also decided in the framework of the national security policy. The Dutch government has decided to expel these people "because of the threat to the national security posed by this group" (intelligence officers), and "the current attitude of Russia in the broad sense makes the presence of these Officers of unwanted intelligence, "said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

After the departure of these 17 people, he will remain 58 Russian diplomats in the Netherlands, according to the Dutch Press Agency ANP.

Other countries, such as the United States, Poland and the Baltic countries, have already announced that I have expelled Russian intelligence agents since the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces on February 24.

Regarding the Baltic countries, Moscow announced Tuesday the expulsion of ten diplomats in these countries, in retaliation to a similar measure against representatives of Moscow.

with AFP

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