Colombian Government Expels Russian Diplomats Amid Spying Accusations

The Colombian government announced on Tuesday night two Russian diplomats have left their posts at their nation’s embassy in Bogota and cannot return, after local media accused the men of espionage.

The Colombian government announced on Tuesday night two Russian diplomats have left their posts at their nation’s embassy in Bogota and cannot return, after local media accused the men of espionage. 

During a press conference, Colombia’s head of migration agency Juan Francisco Espinosa said that the Russian diplomats left on December 8th. He declined to say which were the reasons behind the government’s decision to expel them.

“The reasons which motivated the exit are unconnected to the migration agency and are due to state decisions which I prefer not to reference. Given the circumstances in which these two officials, these two people, left, they cannot return to the country in the short term,” Espinosa told local reporters.

Reports by magazine Semana and newspaper El Tiempo revealed that the two Russian men were tasked with obtaining military intelligence and information about Colombia’s mineral commodities and energy industry.


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