Romanian parliament to quiz Foreign Ministry about spy allegations

21:04, August 17, 2010      

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This frame grab taken from video footage of Russia's Channel One on Aug. 17, 2010 shows Gabriel Grecu, first secretary of the Romanian embassy's political department. Gabriel Grecu was accused of collecting Russian intelligence under diplomatic cover and has been held by Russian security service. He was declared persona non-grata on Aug. 16 and must leave Russia within 48 hours, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday. (Xinhua)

The Romanian parliament's two foreign affairs committees wanted a departmental briefing on the arrest of a Romanian diplomat for spying in Moscow, Titus Corlatean, president of Senate's Foreign Policy Commission, said Tuesday.

The two committees of the parliament were to meet in a joint session Tuesday to assess a national defense strategy presented by the Supreme Defence Council, Romania's top executive body able to decide on security and defense issues.

"Even if the subject is not on the agenda of the meeting, we will discuss the matter," said Corlatean, adding that "I propose to ask formally the Foreign Ministry and other institutions with responsibilities in the field of information and assessment on the situation."

He said the committees wanted to know whether the Russian accusations were true and how the Romanian state institutions planned to react. ' Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said Monday that Gabriel Grecu, first secretary of the Romanian Embassy in Russia, was arrested while receiving classified military information from a Russian citizen.

The diplomat, who has been held by Russian security service, was declared persona non-grata and asked to leave Russia within 48 hours.

The FSB said Grecu was a professional intelligence officer working for the Romanian External Information Service.

Local analysts said the incident happened a year after Romania expelled two Ukrainian diplomats accused of spying for Moscow.

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