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Russia's foreign ministry said it was expelling nine diplomats from Finland, a neighboring country and NATO's newest member, in retaliation.

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The ministry said it had summoned the Finnish ambassador to object to what Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called "an anti-Russian stance on the part of Helsinki."

Finland will provide Ukraine with a military aid package worth 78m euros. euro

Last month, Finland said it was expelling nine Russian diplomats, accusing them of carrying out reconnaissance missions on the country's territory.

The war in Ukraine, which the Kremlin calls a "special military operation," has prompted Finland to join the transatlantic defense alliance NATO.

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