Russia Suspends Permanent NATO Mission Operations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that the permanent mission to NATO would be suspending operations.

“In response to NATO’s actions, we suspend the work of our permanent mission to NATO, including the work of the chief military representative. Probably from November 1, or it will take a few more days,” said Lavrov.

Lavrov explained that their actions were in response to last week’s expulsion of 8 mission members who were accused of espionage.

Russia’s mission south of the Belgian capital, Brussels would remain closed while NATO’s military liaison and information offices in Moscow would also be shuttered.

“If NATO has any urgent matters, they can turn to our ambassador in Belgium on these issues. The ambassador, who ensures bilateral relations,” added Lavrov.

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