OSLO/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is expelling a diplomat from the Norwegian embassy in Moscow, international ministries in the two nations around the world reported on Friday, in a tit-for-tat shift immediately after Oslo expelled a Russian diplomat on suspicion of espionage.
The Norwegian diplomat has a few times to go away Russia, the Russian Overseas Ministry mentioned in a assertion, saying this was a reaction to the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Norway before this month, which it mentioned was “groundless”.
“Our embassy in Moscow has been educated by the Russian Overseas Ministry that one particular of our diplomats is no for a longer time welcome in Russia,” the Norwegian Overseas Ministry explained in a assertion.
“This is wholly unfounded. The diplomat had damaged no regulations and acted entirely in just the framework of diplomatic action.”
Tensions have improved among NATO-member Norway and Russia in modern many years, with each international locations possessing amplified their army presence in the Arctic, in which the nations share a border.
Past year, Norway and Russia swapped spies in an trade that also included Lithuania.