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Eight expelled Russian officials depart Japan

  • April 21, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday that eight Russian officials departed from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on a plane chartered by Russia on Wednesday following the GOJ’s decision to expel them. Although the eight officials were based at the Russian Embassy and trade representative office in Japan, some of them are believed to work for the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, known as GRU, or the Foreign Intelligence Service, known as SVR. The paper noted that it is unusual for Japan to expel multiple foreign diplomats, adding that the GOJ is concerned that Russia may take retaliatory steps. Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told reporters on Wednesday that Japan has so far heard nothing from Russia about how it plans to respond to the expulsion.

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