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Mar 27, 2018

Hungary to expell a Russian diplomat for performing “espionage activities”

Reports suggest that in addition to the information put forward at the EU summit, the expulsions may also be linked to the case of former Jobbik party Member of European Parliament Béla Kovács

Hungary is expelling a Russian diplomat for performing “espionage activities”, it has been revealed.

Tamás Menczer, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s deputy state secretary for communication, said the decision was based on discussions at a session of the European Council.

Following last Friday’s summit of EU heads of state and government in Brussels, Donald Tusk announced that several member states could be adopting measures against Russia within the coming days in relation to the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the United Kingdom.

On Monday, several European Union member states and Ukraine announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats, and the United States is expelling 60. Canada will be expelling 4.

According to MTI, in addition to the information put forward at the EU summit, the expulsions may also be linked to the case of former Jobbik party Member of the European Parliament Béla Kovács.

The Central Investigative Prosecutor’s Office raised charges against Béla Kovács last December for crimes relating to harming the state budget and undermining public confidence.