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Russia suspends NATO mission in a back-and-forth move in a line of spies

Russia said Monday that it would suspend diplomatic missions to NATO after a Western military alliance expelled eight Russians in a row over spies.

In return, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said NATO’s military mission staff in Moscow would be decertified from 1 November and the Alliance’s intelligence office in the Russian capital would be closed.

“If NATO members have urgent problems, they can contact our ambassador to Belgium on these questions,” Lavrov said at a press conference.

NATO said on October 6 that it had expelled eight members of Russia’s mission to the alliance. It was “an undeclared Russian intelligence officer.”

Moscow said at the time that the expulsion undermined hopes that relations with the US-led alliance could normalize.

“NATO is not interested in fair dialogue and collaboration,” Lavrov said on Monday, announcing the closure of Russia’s mission. “If so, I don’t think we need to continue to pretend that foreseeable future changes are possible.”

This controversy points to the recent deterioration of East-West relations, which are already at post-Cold War lows.

Russia has recently conducted its own major exercise, accusing NATO of provocative activity near the border.

The alliance states that after Moscow merged the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 to support separatists in eastern Ukraine, it is determined to strengthen the security of its member states close to Russia.

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Russia suspends NATO mission in a back-and-forth move in a line of spies

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