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Russia Threatens Retaliation In Romanian Spy Case

Romania's Embassy in Moscow

Romania's Embassy in Moscow

Russia has threatened to retaliate for Romania's tit-for-tat expulsion of a top Russian diplomat.

Romania expelled a first secretary in the Russian Embassy in Bucharest on August 17, a day after Russia expelled a Romanian first secretary from Moscow who it said had been caught spying.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said today that it had warned Romania against taking reciprocal action against a Russian diplomat who had not been accused of spying, "but it seems that common sense did not prevail."

The ministry said Romania seemed determined to "poison the atmosphere" in Russian-Romanian relations, and Moscow "reserved the right to take retaliatory measures."

Relations have been cool between Russia and Romania, a member of NATO.

compiled from agency reports