April 30, 2009
Russia has confirmed Nato has expelled two of its diplomats from Brussels, reportedly in retaliation for a spy scandal involving an Estonian official.
[efoods]In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry described the expulsions as “outrageous” and a “crude provocation”.
Nato diplomats claimed the Russians were undercover intelligence agents.
The official, Herman Simm, was jailed for 12 years in February by an Estonian court for passing Nato defence and diplomatic secrets to Moscow.
The court where the former head of Estonia’s national security system was tried did not reveal which country he spied for, but investigators said Mr Simm passed nearly 3,000 documents to Russia.