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Norway. 15 employees of the Russian embassy in Oslo declared undesirable

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The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the government has declared fifteen employees of the Russian embassy in Oslo undesirable. According to the Norwegians, these people are intelligence agents working undercover.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained in a statement that the government’s decision is “a response to the change in the security situation in Europe, which has led to an increase in the intelligence threat from Russia“.

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“This is an important step in countering and reducing the level of Russian intelligence activity in Norway, and thus in protecting our national interests,” MFA Minister Anniken Huitfeldt was quoted as saying. “Russia currently poses the greatest intelligence threat to Norway. We take this very seriously and are currently implementing measures to counter Russian intelligence activities in our country,” the minister said.

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The statement said fifteen people deemed undesirable were “working under diplomatic cover.”

Reuters, quoting the TASS agency, reported that Russian Foreign Ministry announced the response to the decision of the Norwegians.

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