Russia Terminates Diplomatic Mission to NATO

Russia announced that it would terminate its diplomatic mission to NATO almost two weeks after NATO expelled eight Russian diplomats, accusing them of being Russian intelligence officers. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said that NATO’s Moscow office would be shut down on November 1 and its staff accreditations would be canceled.

Russia said when NATO expelled its diplomats that the move dealt a blow to its hopes to normalize relations with the alliance.

After announcing the end of Russian mission, Lavrov said NATO was not interested in dialogue and if that was the case, they didn’t see a reason to continue the diplomatic mission.

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said they regretted Russia’s move but NATO’s Russia policy remained consistent. Lungescu said NATO was open to dialogue with Russia while strengthening its defence against a possible Russian aggression.

Russia has been complaining about NATO’s activities near its borders and conducted its own military exercise in September.

NATO has been working to reinforce the defences of its members close to Russia following the annexation of Crimea back in 2014.

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