Russia and Ukraine: Europe expels dozens of Russian diplomats on charges of espionage


Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Willemes

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium assured Parliament that the expulsion of Russian diplomats came in order to preserve national security

In a coordinated move, four new European Union countries have expelled more than 40 Russian diplomats, accusing them of spying for Russia.

Authorities in Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic issued orders to expel about 43 Russian embassies in those countries on Tuesday afternoon.

The move follows similar measures taken by other EU member states, including Poland, last week.

Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes told the Belgian parliament that the expulsion of Russian diplomats was “related to our national security”.

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