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Two Soviet agents arrested in NATO documents case

Two Soviet agents were arrested over the weekend on charges of trying to obtain classified NATO documents, Belgian officials announced Monday. A brief statement by the office of Justice Minister Jean Gol said the two men had been handed over by Belgian security police to the government for immediate expulsion.

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Sources familiar with the case said the two agents were expected to be deported within the next two days, bringing to six the number of Soviet agents expelled from Belgium in the past year.

They said a Soviet diplomat was quietly asked to leave two months ago, but the government did not announce his expulsion at the time for fear of retaliation against its small diplomatic mission in Moscow.

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