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Russia, Poland 'expel diplomats'

By Reuters
Russia, Poland 'expel diplomats'

Protesters hold placards reading "Patriots were buried like dogs in the fields, but criminals receive honours" (2nd left) and "Russian cronies go to Moscow" (right) during a Catholic funeral mass for former Polish leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski at the Military Cathedral in Warsaw on May 30, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI)

MOSCOW - Russia said on Monday several of its diplomats had been expelled from Poland and that a number of Polish diplomats had left Russia after Moscow took "adequate" measures in return.

It was unclear why the Russian diplomats had been expelled and no more details were immediately available.

"The Polish authorities have taken an unfriendly and unfounded step," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"In connection with that, Russia has undertaken adequate measures in response and a number of Polish diplomats have already left the territory of our country for activities incompatible with their status."

Germany said on Saturday one of its diplomats had been expelled from Moscow after a Russian diplomat working in Bonn was expelled amid media reports he was a spy.

Relations between Moscow and European Union member states have been strained by the crisis in Ukraine and by EU sanctions imposed after Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine .


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