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Poland Expels 9 Russian Diplomats

January 20, 2000

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Poland today ordered the expulsion of nine Russian diplomats accused of spying, a government spokesman said.

The spokesman, Krzysztof Luft, said Poland’s counterintelligence agency ``investigated and provided evidence of active espionage activities against Poland’s interest in 1999 by a group of Russian diplomats.″

Luft said he could offer no more details and refused to say whether the charges might concern any high-ranking Russian diplomats in Warsaw.

It was not immediately clear whether the diplomats were still in Poland or had left.

Poland, a former member of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, joined the West’s NATO military alliance last March along with Hungary and the Czech Republic. Russia staunchly opposed the move.

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