Russia Officials Expelled From Embassy In Italy For Spying Scheme

( The Russians were just caught stealing classified documents from Italy, resulting in two Russian Embassy officials being expelled from the country on Wednesday.

Italy ordered the two officials to leave the country and even arrested an Italian Navy captain and charged him with several spying offenses after being caught by police officers allegedly handing over classified information to the Russian officials.

Will the Russians ever give up this whole spying thing?

Luigi Di Maio, the Italian Foreign Minister, revealed the shocking news during a joint session of the foreign relation committees in the Italian Parliament and said that the documents that were being exchanged included information about NATO. Di Maio described the action as a “hostile act of extreme gravity.”

The Foreign Ministry confirmed that the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Razov, was summoned over the incident.

In a statement, the Carabinieri paramilitary police revealed that the sting operation took place following a long investigation that was assisted by the Italian domestic intelligence body as well as the Defense Ministry. The police also said that the two men were caught receiving the documents and handing over money in exchange for them, stating they are stand accused of “serious crimes concerning espionage and state security.”

Russia’s Rome embassy confirmed that a diplomat stationed there had been detained, and did not deny any wrongdoing. Instead, the Russian embassy simply said that they “hope it will not affect bilateral ties.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said during a conference call with journalists that they were not aware of the details of what happened.

“We hope that the quite positive and constructive character of the Russian-Italian relations will be preserved,” he added.

It doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen.

We’d just like to take this opportunity to remind our readers that while Russia continues to spy on Western nations, the United States is being led by a president that can’t walk up the stairs without falling over and recently prompted more hostility with Russia by slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “killer.”

Putin responded by saying, “it takes one to know one,” and we haven’t heard very much about Russia ever since.

Remember the days when President Donald Trump worked to actually improve relations with countries like Russia?