PM Støre: No plans to expel more Russian diplomats at this moment

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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On Wednesday, three diplomats at the Russian embassy in Oslo were expelled from Norway. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre says that there will probably be no more expulsions.

“There are no plans for that,” Støre told the newspaper Dagbladet. 

On Wednesday, the government said that they would expel three diplomats at the Russian embassy in Norway because the three “have not carried out activities in line with diplomatic work.”

“This means that they have done things we do not want to see in Norway,” Støre told NTB on Wednesday.

Diplomatic cover

At the same time, the Police Security Service (PST) told the newspaper VG that a “significant number” of intelligence officers work at the embassy in Oslo under diplomatic cover.

The decision was made after a large number of European countries did the same in recent days, among other things, in response to civilians being found killed in the streets and in mass graves in Butsja in Ukraine after Russia withdrew from the city. 

Støre told Dagbladet that the government wants Russian diplomats in Norway.

“But the reactions now also come in light of what we see on the battlefield in Ukraine.” 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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