MOSCOW, March 28. /Offset. TASS Alex Tsypin/. The expulsion of the U.S. and other Western countries, official representatives of the Russian foreign intelligence Service will seriously undermine the fight against terrorism, since these employees are directly lined up appropriate collaboration intelligence without intelligence activities. This was stated on Wednesday, TASS ex-Director of FSB, member of the Duma Committee on security and combating corruption Nikolai Kovalev.
Earlier, representatives of some States argued that among the expelled Russian diplomats allegedly have security officers. The head of the SVR Sergey Naryshkin confirmed it to the media, noting that they worked there officially.
“The tasks of the officers, formally presented as the security services, on the surface: it is about the organization of interaction in such spheres as the fight against terrorism, recruiting militants, smuggling weapons, the fight against drug trafficking”, – said Kovalev. He stressed that “never any intelligence task before these officers is not put for the simple reason that it may compromise the very idea of cooperation.” “They are purely the organization of interaction of all their know how of the security personnel, on this basis and to build all relationships between professionals,” – said the former head of the FSB.
In this regard, in his view, “the expulsion of such people is a strategic error the U.S. and other countries.” “For the sake of political solutions being sacrificed to the cooperation of professionals, which gives its fruit from the perspective primarily of the preservation of human life, fight against terrorism,” emphasized the MP, who holds the position of special representative of OSCE parliamentary Assembly on combating terrorism.
“We have many examples of such positive interactions,” confirmed Kovalev. “And here, apparently, [was] stupid political team to send anyone suspected of collaboration with the secret services, he stated. – Incredible stupidity.” “Professionals must work in all conditions – no matter how evolved the relationship at the political level, whatever set themselves the political task [of Prime Minister] Theresa may or [U.S. President] Donald trump,” – concluded the Deputy.
The expulsion of diplomats
On 26 March the United States announced the expulsion of from 60 Russian diplomats (46 people from the Embassy in Washington, two of the Consulate General in new York, another 12 employees of the permanent mission to the UN declared persona non grata), and the closure of the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle. In turn, Germany, Canada, Poland and France sent four of the diplomat, Lithuania, Moldova and the Czech Republic – three, Australia, Albania, Denmark, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, two from Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Finland, Croatia, Sweden and Estonia one by one, while Ukraine has decided to expel from 13 Russian diplomats NATO has reduced the mission of the Russian Federation to the organization from 30 to 20 people, and Bulgaria and Luxembourg recalled for consultations their ambassadors to Russia. This coordinated action happened on the background of the incident with the poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, where a number of Western countries accuse Moscow. The Russian foreign Ministry has said that an unfriendly act on the part of these countries will not remain unanswered.