Russian plane en route to the United States to carry two diplomats accused of espionage

Russian plane en route to the United States to carry two diplomats accused of espionage

While the US closed its airspace to all Russian aircraft, the US government gave the green light to facilitate their departure and that of their families.

A Russian plane was on its way to the United States on Saturday to carry diplomats expelled from the Russian UN mission and accused by Washington.to spy“According to the authorities. The United States closed its airspace to all Russian aircraft after Moscow invaded Ukraine. However, the Ilyushin IL-96 must land at midday at Washington International Airport, according to the flight information website that tracks all air movements.

The US government gave the green light to this plane, which was chartered by the Russian government to facilitate the exit of diplomats from the Russian mission.A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry at the United Nations told AFP. this is “an exception“aimed at ensuring their departure and that of their families”On the due date‘, she added.

Twelve intelligence agents were expelled

On Monday, the United States announced the expulsion.Twelve intelligence agents from the Russian expedition who offendedof their diplomatic status in the United StatesEngaging in espionage activitiesThe next day, and on the same basis, they ordered the departure of a Russian citizen before 7 March working for the UN Secretariat.

The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov denouncedhostile gaitagainst his. The number of the Russian mission to the United Nations is about 100 people, according to a Russian diplomatic source.

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