Russia warns Romania over diplomat's explusion

18th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia's foreign ministry on Wednesday lashed out at the expulsion of a Russian diplomat by Romania in the wake of a spy scandal, warning that it reserved the right to retaliate.

"In Moscow this action is seen as a unfriendly and unprovoked step," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"We express a determined protest to the Romanian side, which has taken on itself full responsibility for the possible consequences. We reserve the right to take measures in response."

Romania on Tuesday ordered the tit-for-tat expulsion of a Russian diplomat, a day after a Romanian embassy official was told by Moscow to leave Russia for spying.

The Russian security service said Gabriel Grecu, accredited as the first secretary at the Romanian embassy in Moscow, he had been caught trying to receive secret military information and had "spying equipment" on him.

The foreign ministry said that by contrast the Russian diplomat expelled from Bucharest -- who remains unidentified -- "was not linked to any kind of activities giving a basis for such a decision".

© 2010 AFP

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