Mary Zaharovitch: Grigory Sysoev / RIA Novosti
Russia expels two Swedish diplomats. It is reported by the newspaper Expressen, citing the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Sweden.
“We regret concerning the report of the Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs,” — said the press attache of the Swedish foreign Ministry, Patrick Nilsson.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the measure is a response, reports TASS. It is reported that Sweden has refused to issue visas to two Russian diplomats. Later, she refused to other requests of the Russian side.
14 March foreign Minister of Sweden demanded that the Russian diplomat Evgeny Umerenkov left the country. The day before the Ambassador of Russia Victor Tatarintseva was summoned to the Swedish foreign Ministry. The Swedish security police claims that the intelligence officer under diplomatic cover, was recruited 46-year-old Swede, working in the sphere of high technologies, to intelligence-gathering in favor of Moscow. Umerenko wife left the country in late March. After that Sweden refused to accept the new diplomats expelled in return.
26 Feb in Stockholm have detained a man suspected of spying for Russia. It was reported that he engaged in espionage in the interests of Moscow with at least 2017. It was assumed that the Swede was recruited by Russian spy working as a diplomat in Sweden. The prisoner pleaded not guilty.
The next day in Sweden was arrested the second suspect in the espionage. It was stated that cases were not linked.
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