Moscow says MI6 is pulling strings as Latvians kick out Russian ‘spies’

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Moscow has accused MI6 of orchestrating a spy scandal in Latvia after three Russian diplomats were sent home for allegedly trying to buy Nato secrets. Russia claims the affair is really part of its ongoing dispute with Britain because the boss of Latvia’s spy agency is a retired British Army general. But Latvia insists the diplomats are Russian spies caught red-handed trying to bribe state officials to hand over secrets. The country’s spy chief Janis Kazocins, 56, is the son of Latvian refugees and was born in Peterborough. He graduated from Sandhurst officer training school and had a distinguished Army career, serving in Northern Ireland and helping to plan the first Gulf War. He was also Military Attache at the British Embassy in the Latvian capital Riga.

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