The Netherlands has expelled 17 Russian diplomats for spying, following information from the AIVD and MIVD security services.
The 17 were told they have two weeks to leave the country.
‘These people have diplomat on their business cards but are busy with something else,’ foreign affairs minister Wopke Hoekstra said. He expects that Russia will expel Dutch diplomats in response.
The expulsion was coordinated with other countries including the US, Poland and Bulgaria. The Belgian government announced this afternoon that it is expelling 21 Russian diplomats and Ireland has said it will send home four ‘senior Russian officials’. The move comes a day after the Ukrainian defense intelligence ministry released the names of some 600 Russian spies.
‘We have taken this decision in the interests of the Netherlands’ security, given the changing context, the war in Ukraine and the increase in Russian assertiveness,’ Hoekstra said. In total, Moscow has 75 diplomats accredited in the Netherlands, including the 17 being told to leave.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 16 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.