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Norway Orders Expulsion of 15 Russian Diplomats for Alleged Intelligence Activities

Norway has expelled 15 Russian diplomats from the country, accusing them of engaging in espionage while working at the Russian Embassy in Oslo, according to Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt. The move was taken to “counter and reduce the scope of Russian intelligence activities in Norway,” Huitfeldt said, adding that the expelled diplomats were “persona non grata” and must leave Norway within a short period.

She also stated that Norway wants to maintain normal diplomatic relations with Russia and that Russian diplomats are welcome in the country but that those engaged in intelligence activities would not be granted visas.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said it will respond in kind to Norway’s action. This comes a year after Norway expelled three Russian diplomats it identified as intelligence officers and after the arrest of a man alleged to have worked for one of Russia’s intelligence services.

John Collins
John Collins
John is an esteemed journalist and author renowned for their incisive reporting and deep insights into global affairs. As a prominent contributor to City Telegraph, John brings over 5 years of experience covering diverse geopolitical landscapes, from the corridors of power in major capitals to the frontlines of conflict zones.

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