Russia has confirmed that it expelled Israel's military attaché Vidal Leidermen after arresting him for trying to obtain information on Russia's military relations with Arab countries.
A statement by the Russian federal security services (FSB) said Leiderman was assigned by the Israeli intelligence to get secret information from government officials about the range of bilateral relations between Russia and the Arab countries in military and technology, and the aid Russia was giving to those nations.
The documents and evidence clearly demonstrate that Leiderman had taken hostile steps against Russia, the statement added.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has declared Leiderman a persona non grata over his involvement in espionage while in the country.
He was arrested 12 May and then held for a short time and given 48 hours to leave the country, which he did.
The foreign ministry said that the expulsion was based on the fact that the activity contravened with his diplomatic assignment.
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