Moldova expels 3 Russian diplomats in spy spat

LONDON (AP) — Moldova’s foreign ministry has ordered three Russian diplomats to leave the former Soviet republic within seven days.

The foreign ministry summoned Russia’s Ambassador Farit Muhametshin on Tuesday to inform him of the decision, which followed similar expulsions of Russians from many other Western countries Monday. The moves were a gesture of solidarity with Britain over the nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

A statement said the attack was “a threat on the collective security and international law.”

Moldova’s pro-Western government is seeking closer relations with the U.S. and the European Union.

Last year Moldova expelled five Russian diplomats, accusing them of espionage.