ROME—Italy expelled two Russian diplomats suspected of spying Wednesday, the latest in a spate of incidents involving suspected Russian espionage in Europe.
Italian authorities said a Russian diplomat, who works in the office of the military attaché at the Russian embassy in Rome, was caught receiving classified documents from an Italian Navy officer in exchange for a sum of money.
The naval officer was arrested and accused of “serious crimes relative to spying and national security,” the Italian police said without specifying the exact charges. The Russian diplomat was temporarily detained while Italian authorities assessed his diplomatic status.
The second Russian official expelled was the direct superior of the official who allegedly received the classified documents.
The incident is the latest in a series of spying accusations involving Russian nationals or those allegedly working for them in Europe. It comes as the relationship between Moscow and the West worsens following the jailing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a move that saw the European Union sanction senior Russian officials.