Russia expels Norwegian diplomat

Villa Paradiso on TorshovVilla Paradiso on Torshov.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

The Foreign Ministry confirms that the embassy in Moscow has been informed by the Russian Foreign Ministry that a Norwegian diplomat has been deported.

“This is completely unfounded. Our diplomat has not broken any rules and has acted entirely within the framework of diplomatic activity. Norway’s expulsion of a Russian diplomat is linked to an espionage investigation and is justified by the fact that he has carried out actions that are not compatible with the role as a diplomat,” says Press Officer Guri Solberg to NTB.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not released the name or identity of the diplomat.

The Norwegian ambassador in Moscow had to meet with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday after the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Norway.

Norway expelled Russian diplomat
The summons came after Norway expelled a Russian diplomat last week, after the arrest of a Norwegian who is now charged with espionage.

The 50-year-old Norwegian-Indian man was arrested two weeks ago by the Police Security Service (PST) at a restaurant in Oslo. He was then in a meeting with the Russian diplomat who has now been deported from Norway. PST has described the Russian as an intelligence officer.

The Russian embassy in Oslo has stated that it is the Deputy Trade Representative.

Russia has protested the deportation, and the Russian embassy in Oslo believes that the Police Security Service (PST) arrested the diplomat for no reason.

Worked at DNV GL
The Norwegian, who is accused of having revealed state secrets, denies criminal guilt in the case, but he has admitted that he has received money for information.

The man worked at DNV GL (formerly Det Norske Veritas) and through the job had access to classified material.

It was TV 2 that first received confirmation that the Norwegian diplomat has been declared unwanted in Russia.

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