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War in Ukraine: British expel Russian ‘undeclared military intelligence officer’, Maria Zakharova promises ‘appropriate response’

War in Ukraine: British expel Russian ‘undeclared military intelligence officer’, Maria Zakharova promises ‘appropriate response’

Britain will expel Russia’s defense liaison officer, strip it of some diplomatic status and limit the duration of Russian diplomatic visas, moves in response to what Home Secretary James Wise said Wednesday was a “damaging act” by Moscow.

The announcement was related to others that occurred during the day across Europe Russial’Estonia In one case the country’s highest-ranking Russian ambassador was summoned interference of GPS signals And this Poland A condemnation Cyber ​​attack From a group linked to Russia. Britain already “A Highly Sensitive Operating Environment for Russian Intelligence Services”But London decides on new measures “Strengthen our resilience in the face of the Russian threat”James wisely declared in Parliament.

“Appropriate Answer”

Since Russia launched its offensive in Ukraine in February 2022, condemned by Kiev and the West as an invasion, Great Britain has taken a number of sanctions against Russian companies and figures. James wisely emphasized this Wednesday Kiev by a conservative government Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Does not weaken. “Let’s Expel Russian Defense Attache, Undeclared Military Intelligence Officer”He declared. “We will remove embassy building status from many properties linked to Russia […] We are imposing new restrictions on consular visas for Russia, including limiting the time spent by Russian diplomats.” In the country, the minister explained.

In Moscow, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry announced “Appropriate Response” The decision will be made in London. Maria Zakharova accused Germany of using baseless myths about Russian ‘hackers’ to stoke tensions, warning that Berlin’s decision to withdraw its ambassador to Russia on Monday could lead to a new deterioration in relations between the two countries.

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