Tensions escalate between Russia and the West after diplomat expulsions

(VOVWORLD) - Russia expelled an Italian diplomat on Monday and called in Italy's ambassador to its foreign ministry over what it said was a groundless move by Rome to expel two Russian diplomats last month.

Italy expelled two Russian diplomats after Italian police said in March they had caught an Italian navy captain passing secret documents to a Russian military official in return for money.

Romania said Monday that it will expel a Russian diplomat, the latest European country to do so in solidarity with the Czech Republic, which is involved in a spat with Moscow.

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