Moldova expels 45 Russian diplomatic staff in spy row

Moldova says it will expel 45 Russian diplomats and other embassy staff because of their “unfriendly actions”.

The total will be cut to just 25 – a figure closer to the number Moldova has at its Moscow embassy.

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 the Moldovan government has accused Moscow of spying and backing opposition groups.

With a population of just 2.6 million, Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest economies and has been heavily exposed to the war in neighbouring Ukraine.


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