According to Sergei Lavrov, Russia has suspended its diplomatic mission in Nato.

Additionally, the Moscow office of Nato will lose its accreditation in November.

This comes just a month after eight Russian diplomats were expelled by NATO for working as intelligence officers.

The tensions between Russia and NATO have grown since Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014.

Russian media was informed that Mr Lavrov said the action was in response to the actions of NATO, accusing it not to be interested in equitable dialog.

Russian media quotes Mr Lavrov saying that “if Nato member have any urgent matter, they can contact our Ambassador in Belgium on those questions.”

After the announcement, Nato stated that it took note of Russia’s decision.

Oana Lungescu, a spokeswoman for NATO said that “we regret these steps.” The NATO policy toward Russia is consistent. In response to Russia’s aggression, we have strengthened deterrence, defence, and remain open for dialogue through the Nato-Russia Council.

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Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister described Russia’s action as disturbing.

“It’s not just regrettable. The decision in Moscow will gravely damage our relationship,” he stated.

The size of Moscow’s diplomatic mission at the Brussels headquarters was halved to 10 after Nato expulsed eight Russian diplomats.

Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, stated that the organization had witnessed “a rise in Russian malign activities, so we must be vigilant.”

Officials from NATO said that the men were not Russian intelligence officers.

As a result of a nerve agent attack on Salisbury, UK in 2018, the Nato expulsed Russian diplomats. This also saw a reduction in the number of Russian missions from 30 down to 20.

Source: BBC.com

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