The Hague/Brussels, Mar 29 (EFE).- The Netherlands and Belgium on Tuesday announced the expulsion of Russians diplomats over espionage allegations.
The Dutch government said that 17 alleged spies were detected at the Russian embassy by the General Intelligence and Security Service (AVID), adding they represent “a threat to national security.”
Wopke Hoekstra, the Dutch deputy prime minister, said the measure was taken in coordination with “like-minded” countries.
In neighboring Belgium, 21 diplomats at the Russian embassy in Brussels were asked to leave the country within 15 days, minister of foreign affairs Sophie Wilmes said.
“This decision is not a sanction, it is solely linked to our national security. Diplomatic channels remain open with Russia, the Russian embassy can continue to function and we continue to advocate for dialogue,” Wilmes explained. EFE