Italy Orders 2 Russian Embassy Officials Expelled for Spying

Police arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after they caught the officer allegedly giving classified documents to one of the Russians in exchange for money.

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A view of the Russian Embassy in Rome, Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Italy has ordered two Russian Embassy officials expelled and arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after police caught the Italian allegedly giving classified documents to one of the Russians in exchange for money. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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ROME (AP) — Italy ordered two Russian Embassy officials expelled Wednesday and arrested an Italian Navy captain on spying charges after police caught the officer allegedly giving classified documents to one of the Russians in exchange for money. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told a joint session of the Italian Parliament’s foreign relations committees that the documentation concerned NATO information and that the incident was a “hostile act of extreme gravity.” “It is not just…

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