Spain, Russia in tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions: Madrid

28th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spain and Russia have expelled two members of each others diplomatic staff in a tit-for-tat move, the Spanish foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Spain expelled two staff at the Russian embassy for having "engaged in activities incompatible with their status," the ministry said in a statement.

In diplomatic language, the phrase is usually taken to mean they had been involved in espionage activities.

It said the embassy was notified of the decision "about a month ago."

"In retaliation," Russia expelled two Spanish diplomats from Moscow, the ministry said.

"The two governments believe the incident is closed," said the written statement read by a ministry spokesman.

It said a scheduled visit to Moscow by Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez on January 17 will take place as planned.


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