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Poland seeks expulsion of 45 Russians suspected of spying

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) – Poland has identified 45 Russian intelligence officers using diplomatic status as cover to stay in the country and authorities are seeking to expel them, officials said yesterday.

Poland’s Internal Security Agency said it’s asking the Foreign Ministry to urgently remove the Russians, who were described as a danger to Poland’s security, from the country.

“These are people who have and operate using their diplomatic status, but in reality conduct intelligence activities against Poland,” said the state security spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn.

He said the decision to expel them now was made “taking into account Russian aggression against Ukraine”.

He said the agency’s work also showed that the Russian services are increasingly on the offensive and “are acting aggressively against Poland”.

Zaryn said in a separate statement that the security agency found that the activities of the 45 Russians have served “the objectives of the Russian undertakings designed to undermine the stability of Poland and its allies in the international arena and poses a threat to the interests and security of our country”.

A man waves the Ukrainian and Polish flag during a demonstration in front of a building housing Russian diplomats in Warsaw. PHOTO: AP