More than a dozen of the Russian diplomats, whose expulsion was announced by Norway the day before, worked for Russian intelligence services - the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) or the Federal Security Service (FSB).
This was stated on Friday, April 14, by Inger Haugland, head of counterintelligence at the Norwegian Police Security Service.
- "We are sure that these individuals are what we call intelligence officers under diplomatic cover," she said at a press conference in Oslo.
According to Haugland, the risk posed by Russian intelligence in Norway has decreased after the decision, but it is unlikely that Russia will stop its spying activities in the country.
She warned that Russian intelligence services would continue to operate in Norway because the country is important to Moscow.
The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the move to expel the diplomats is a response to the growing intelligence threat from Moscow and the "deteriorating security situation" in Europe.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 15/04/2023