New Delhi: Poland's counter-espionage service ABW has identified 45 Russian diplomats as suspected spies and called on the foreign ministry to expel them, according to reports.
The Internal Security Agency has identified 45 people–officers of Russian secret services and persons associated with them who had "diplomatic status in Poland," a Poland official said.
"The list was forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it includes officers of the special services of the Russian Federation and people cooperating with them … people who conducted intelligence activities against Poland, but also against our allies," he said.
The spokesperson also said the ABW "has also detained a Polish national on suspicion of espionage for the Russian secret services".
Russia said it could retaliate if Russian diplomats are expelled. Recently, Syria expelled two Russian officials on charges of spying.
Earlier this month, Poland also detained a Spanish journalist on the charge of spying for Russia.