Stockholm has expelled five Russian diplomats, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said. Their activities “were incompatible with diplomatic status,” added the minister. The Russian TASS news agency, citing its own sources, said that Moscow’s reaction to Stockholm’s actions “will certainly follow”.
The decision to recognize Russian diplomats as undesirable persons was made after last week’s broadcast of an investigative report by Swedish public television SVT “Shadow War” about Russian spying activities in Scandinavia. The second episode of this film with the new arrangements is scheduled to air on Wednesday.
In turn, the Swedish newspaper “Expressen” published photos of antennas used for listening on the roof of the Russian embassy in Stockholm.
The Russian TASS news agency, citing a diplomatic source in the country’s foreign ministry, said that Moscow’s reaction to Stockholm’s actions “will certainly follow”.
Earlier, the Swedish secret services SAPO reported that every third Russian diplomat from the post in Stockholm conducts intelligence activities undercover.
In April 2022, Sweden recognized three Russian diplomats as undesirable persons.
Undercover intelligence agents
On April 13, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 15 employees of the Russian embassy in Oslo had been declared undesirable. According to the Norwegian authorities, those expelled were intelligence agents working undercover.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at the time that the government’s decision was “a response to the change in the security situation in Europe, which has led to an increase in the intelligence threat from Russia.”
On the other hand the German media reported last weekendthat a similar fate befell almost 50 “diplomats” working at the Russian post in Berlin.
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