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Poland Orders 45 Russia Diplomats to Leave in Spying Crackdown

The Russian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

The Russian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

Photographer: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

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Poland expelled 45 Russian diplomats after arresting a low-level civil servant on suspicion of spying, joining a counter-espionage crackdown taking places across the European Union’s east following Moscow’s attack of Ukraine.

The diplomats, which Polish intelligence identified as officers of the Russian special services and their associates, will have to leave the country in the next five days, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lukasz Jasina said on Wednesday. Russia will retaliate by expelling Polish diplomats from Moscow, according to its ambassador in Warsaw.