Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt stated that 15 Russian intelligence officers were expelled from Norway because their activities were not compatible with their diplomatic status.
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The Norwegian government has declared “intelligence officers” working at the Russian embassy “personae non gratae,” citing increased intelligence threat from Moscow.
Fifteen intelligence officers working under diplomatic cover in the capital Oslo are required to leave Norway shortly, the government said in a statement on Thursday.
‘The 15 intelligence officers have been engaging in activities that are not compatible with their diplomatic status,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt.
The statement also declared that visas will not be issued to the intelligence officers seeking to come to Norway.
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The move comes after monitoring the officers’ activities over time in response to the changed security situation in Europe following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the statement added.
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