Poland Accuses Dozens of People of Spying for Russia

Poland Accuses Dozens of People of Spying for Russia

(RepublicanPress.org) – Tensions continue to mount throughout Eastern Europe as the fighting in Ukraine hurtles toward its fifth week. Most recently, Polish officials accused dozens of individuals of operating as Russian spies.

On Wednesday, March 23, Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński announced the EU country was expelling “45 Russian spies pretending to be diplomats.”

According to Kamiński, the move was part of a greater effort to dismantle Russian operations conducted within Poland’s borders. According to Bloomberg, Polish intelligence officers identified the individuals after they arrested a low-level civil service worker under suspicion of spying for Russia.

Polish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lukasz Jasina told reporters that officials gave the Russians until March 28 to leave the country. Jasina conceded that Russia remained Poland’s neighbor and would not disappear from European territory, but its invasion of Ukraine proved it was “unfriendly” and “hostile” to Polish interests.

Special Services spokesperson Stanislaw Zaryn echoed that sentiment, telling journalists that the agency’s head requested the expulsion due to Russia’s long-standing policy of aggression toward Poland and its recent use of military force against Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to Warsaw, Sergey Andreev, told reporters Russia would retaliate to this action.

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