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MOSCOW, April 30 (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday NATO's expulsion of two Russian diplomats was a "crude provocation".
"A crude provocation has been made in relation to two employees of Russia's permanent mission to NATO on an absolutely trumped up pretext without any clear explanation," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"This outrageous action fundamentally contradicts statements by NATO's leadership on its readiness to normalise ties with Russia ...
Originally posted by Zenagain
reply to post by JanusFIN
You have to calm down my good man. Even if the thought process you are going through is reality, there is absolutely nothing that WE can do about it. The sad fact of ATS is that we are at best observers..... I wouldn't get too uptight about any of it. Life tends to be a lot more ordinary than a lot of us on here would like to believe.
Originally posted by MysterE
Forgive me if I missed it, but did NATO give a reason for the expulsion?
Nato ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats on Wednesday in retaliation for a spy scandal in which a senior Estonian official was jailed for passing on top-level secrets about the western alliance to Moscow.
One of the expelled Russians was the son of Vladimir Chizhov, Moscow’s ambassador to the European Union. Both he and the other diplomat were attached to Russia’s mission to Nato and are believed to have worked undercover as intelligence agents, alliance sources said on Wednesday night.
Russia did not immediately react to Nato’s move. But the expulsions come at a sensitive time as the US and its allies try to rebuild relations with Moscow following last summer’s war between Russia and Georgia.
"There will be a response to such steps, which Nato will learn about shortly," he warned, adding that "someone in the West strongly dislikes how relations between Russia and individual countries of Western Europe are developing"
Russia will guard the borders of both regions including Abkhazia's territorial waters in the Black Sea, according to the agreement.
Russia took formal control over the de-facto borders of Georgia's rebel regions on Thursday a week before NATO military exercises in Georgia that President Dmitry Medvedev said amounted to a challenge from the West.