Norway expels 15 Russian officials from embassy

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(VOVWORLD) - Norway is expelling 15 Russian embassy officials that the foreign ministry said on Thursday were intelligence officers operating under the cover of diplomatic positions, the latest such expulsion by a Western nation since the Russia-Ukraine conflict broke out last year. 

Norway expels 15 Russian officials from embassy - ảnh 1A view of Russia's embassy in Oslo, Norway April 13, 2023. ( Photo: REUTERS)

The Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters Norway’s decision was “another extremely unfriendly step, which will see a response”.

Estonia, the Netherlands and Austria have also expelled Russian diplomats. 

“Their activities pose a threat to Norway,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt told a news conference, adding that Norway still seeks to maintain normal diplomatic relations with Russia, and Russian diplomats are welcome in Norway.

The Russian foreign ministry said Moscow would respond to the expulsions, state-owned news agency TASS reported, without elaborating.