Russia declares Romanian diplomat 'persona non grata': FSB

16th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Monday declared a senior Romanian diplomat "persona non grata" and said he should leave the country within the next 48 hours after he was caught trying to obtain military intelligence, Russia's FSB security agency said.

"The foreigner has been declared persona non grata and should leave the territory of our country within the next 48 hours," the FSB said in a statement, referring to a decision by the country's foreign ministry.

The FSB security agency said earlier in the day it had detained Romanian diplomat Gabriel Grecu, first secretary of the Romanian embassy's political department, for spying.

An employee of a Romanian intelligence agency, Grecu was working under cover as the first secretary of the political department at the Romanian embassy in Moscow, said the FSB,which is the modern-day successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

Grecu's work was incompatible with his diplomatic status, the FSB statement said.

The foreign ministry was not immediately available for comment.

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