NATO will cut the Russian mission in the alliance to ten people. NATO leaders decided to expel eight Russian diplomats from Brussels and abolish the posts of two others. Thus, 10 people will remain in the Russian mission instead of the previous 20 as Sky News reported.
BREAKING: Sky News has learnt that NATO leaders have agreed to remove eight Russian diplomats from Brussels and abolish the posts of two others— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 6, 2021
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A NATO spokesman confirmed to TV presenter Deborah Haynes that eight members of the Russian mission had their accreditation revoked. According to him, they were Russian intelligence officers. The diplomats must leave Brussels by the end of October.
“NATO's policy towards Russia remains consistent. We have increased deterrence and defense in response to Russia's aggressive actions and at the same time remain open to constructive dialogue,” the NATO spokesman said.
Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the State Duma's international affairs committee, believes that Moscow will propose adequate and not necessarily symmetrical measures in response to the reduction of the Russian mission in NATO. He also expressed confidence that "all accusations of allegedly" malicious activity are "unfounded."
Earlier, Russian leader Vladimir Putin stated that the development of NATO infrastructure in Ukraine would mean crossing Moscow's red lines.