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    Australia Creates Law to Stop Russia from Building New Embassy near Parliament for Security Reasons

    Australia Creates Law to Stop Russia from Building New Embassy near Parliament for Security Reasons

    , — Australia's Parliament passed legislation on Thursday to prevent Russia from building a new embassy near Parliament House citing threats of espionage and political interference, as tensions grow between and a major supporter of the Ukraine war effort.

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the legislation would extinguish Russia's lease on the site of a second embassy based on the advice of security agencies.

    “The government has received very clear security advice as to the risk presented by a new Russian presence so close to Parliament House,” Albanese told reporters. “We are acting quickly to ensure the lease site does not become a formal diplomatic presence.”

    Albanese said Australia's government condemns Russia's “illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine.”

    Australia is one of the most generous providers of military hardware, training and aid to Ukraine of any country outside and has escalated sanctions against Russia since the war began in February 2022.

    Australia's growing hostility toward Russia became apparent last year when Australian officials demanded Moscow be held accountable for Russian cybercriminals suspected of hacking the nation's largest health insurer, Medibank, and dumping customers' personal medical records on the dark web. It is unusual for Australia to attribute blame to a country for an unsolved cybercrime.

    Albanese said opposition and other lawmakers…

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