Slovakia has expelled Russian diplomat for espionage

He left the country in late November.

PM Peter PellegriniPM Peter Pellegrini (Source: SITA)

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini announced that a Russian diplomat was expelled on November 22, following the findings of Slovakia’s Military Intelligence that he had been spying.

He worked in the department of a military attaché at the Russian Embassy.

“He was carrying out espionage activities against the interests of Slovakia and NATO,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the Denník N daily, adding that his actions as a diplomatic worker was at odds with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Boris Gandel, did not want to comment for the Sme daily on the details of the expulsion.

Russian Embassy respects the step

The diplomat had to leave within 48 hours after being expelled.

“We did it decently, in accordance with all diplomatic practices and rules,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that Slovakia has standard relations with Russia and that the Russian Embassy respects Slovakia’s decision.

Read also:Slovak Ambassador to Russia summoned home for consultations Read more 

Slovakia also informed other member states in a quiet procedure.

“Our political orientation is very clear, and I declare it once again – pro-European, pro-Euroatlantic,” Pellegrini added, as quoted by TASR.

In March, the Slovak government was prepared to expel several Russian diplomats from Bratislava after the Skripals were poisoned. Slovakia eventually just called back its ambassador to Russia.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Peter Pellegrini

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

PM Matovič defends his wife, accused of preferential treatment

He calls the reports an attempt to discredit him. Opposition parties ask for documents proving his claims.

PM Igor Matovič at September 19 press conference.

Czechia neither red nor green, and leaks all over

Situation in Slovakia is getting worse, authorities start taking measures, albeit reluctantly. Next Generation EU plan leaks.

Entering Slovakia from the Czech Republic through the border crossing in Holíč, western Slovakia.

Extremists have swapped the threat of refugees for global microchip conspiracies

Marko Škop, an award-winning Slovak director based in Zagreb, talks about politics, coronavirus, and an earthquake.

Slovak director Marko Škop during an interview before the screening of his film 'Let There Be Light' at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on July 1, 2019.

The older the vine, the better the wine. How to keep an old vineyard alive

A group of friends has revitalised the Tále vineyard in Bratislava's Rača.

Vinica Tál wineyard