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    Britain to Expel Russian Attaché in Response to ‘Reckless and Dangerous Activities’ by Moscow

    Britain to Expel Russian Attaché in Response to ‘Reckless and Dangerous Activities' by Moscow

    — Britain will expel 's defense attaché over spying allegations as part of several measures the government announced Wednesday to target 's intelligence gathering operations in the U.K.

    Home Secretary James Cleverly said the measures were aimed at what he called the “reckless and dangerous activities of the Russian government across .”

    The latest round of measures will boot the attaché, Maxim Elovik, a Russian colonel who the government termed an “undeclared military intelligence officer.” It will also rescind the diplomatic status of several Russian-owned properties because they are believed to have been used for intelligence purposes, and impose new restrictions on Russian diplomatic visas and visits.

    “In the coming days we should expect accusations of Russophobia, conspiracy theories and hysteria from the Russian government,” Cleverly said in Parliament. “This is not new and the British people and the British government will not fall for it, and will not be taken for fools by Putin's bots, trolls and lackeys.”

    Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for Russia's foreign ministry, told The Associated Press that “Russia will respond in kind.”

    The U.K. has had an uneasy relationship with Russia for years, accusing its agents of targeted killings and espionage, including cyberattacks aimed at British parliamentarians and leaking and amplifying sensitive information to serve Russian…

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