Poland to expel 45 Russian diplomats accused of espionage

Krakow, Poland, Mar 23 (EFE).- Poland on Wednesday summoned the Russian ambassador and is poised to expel of 45 members of the diplomatic corps suspected of being spies.

National security department director Stanisław Żaryn told a Warsaw press conference that the Polish secret service (ABW) had compiled a list of 45 suspected Russian spies.

Polish authorities on Wednesday said they had detained an employee of Warsaw’s civil registry office who was suspected of espionage.

“Given where the suspect worked and what type of documents he had access to, his activity posed a threat to the security, both internal and external, of Poland,” Żaryn said in a statement.

In a TV interview, government spokesman Michal Dworczyk said Russian espionage on Polish territory had increased in intensity and warned that even seemingly trivial information can prove useful for foreign intelligence services.

“In the civil registry office there is a lot of information about people who have changed their names after getting Polish citizenship or residency cards, and the spies can use this,” he said. EFE


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