Russia shuts mission to NATO

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will suspend its mission to NATO.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will suspend its mission to NATO.

Russia will suspend the activities of its mission to NATO starting next month in response to the alliance's expulsion of eight Russians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.

Lavrov said staff at NATO's military mission in Moscow would be stripped of their accreditation from November 1, and that NATO could interact with Russia via its embassy in Brussels if needed, Russian news agencies reported.

NATO this month expelled eight members of Russia's mission to the alliance who it said were "undeclared Russian intelligence officers".

Australian Associated Press