France is expelling six more Russian diplomats. In addition to those 35 diplomats already expelled after Russian invasion of Ukraine
“Six Russian agents operating under diplomatic cover whose activities were found to be contrary to our national interests have been declared persona non grata,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement for AFP.
It said the DGSI domestic intelligence service had revealed on April 10, 2022, after a long investigation “a clandestine operation carried out by the Russian intelligence services on our territory.”
The move comes on April 4, 2022, after France said it was expelling 35 Russian diplomats as part of a joint European action after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. It had at the time described those diplomats as “Russian personnel with diplomatic status stationed in France whose activities are against our security interests”.
Numerous European countries have expelled Russian diplomats, especially after the outrage across Europe over killings in the town of Bucha near Ukraine’s capital Kyiv where dozens of bodies were found in mass graves or littering the streets.