The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has expelled eight Russian Mission members for being spies for the Kremlin.
By the end of the month, the eight diplomats will likely leave Brussels, where the alliance is headquartered, and their roles will be eliminated. Two more posts that are now unfilled will be eliminated as well.
A NATO official told The Daily Beast that the officials posing as representatives for Russia’s Mission to NATO were undeclared Russian intelligence personnel.
The officials must leave their posts by October 31.
“We can confirm that we have withdrawn the accreditation of eight members of the Russian Mission to NATO, who were undeclared Russian intelligence officers,” a NATO official said.
“We can also confirm that we have reduced the number of positions which the Russian Federation can accredit to NATO to 10.”
The unidentified official said that NATO’s policy towards Russia remains consistent.
“We have strengthened our deterrence and defense in response to Russia’s aggressive actions, while at the same time we remain open for a meaningful dialogue.”
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