Russia deports Italian diplomats after espionage.
The Italian government expelled two Russian diplomats for espionage At the end of March. In response, an Italian military attaché has to leave Russia.
Almost a month after a suspected espionage case in Italy was discovered in which two Russian diplomats were expelled, the Russian government has now declared an Italian to be an undesirable person. The move came in response to an “unfriendly and unjustified procedure” in the expulsion of two Russian diplomats at the end of March, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. An employee of the Italian military attaché had to leave Russia within 24 hours.
According to the Ansa news agency, the Italian government criticized the announcement from Moscow: “We consider the decision to be unfounded and unjustified,” wrote the Foreign Ministry in Rome. With the expulsion four weeks ago, Italy only took a legitimate measure to defend its security.
At the end of March, Italy arrested a Russian military member in the diplomatic service and an Italian naval captain on suspicion of espionage. The two men were surprised at a secret meeting how they handed over “secret” documents for money. Italy then expelled two Russian diplomats.