Secretary of State James A. Baker III ordered the expulsion of a Soviet trade representative in retaliation for the “unwarranted expulsion” of a U.S. military officer from the Soviet Union, and a State Department spokesman warned the Soviets today against further retaliation.
State Department spokesman Charles E. Redman said Baker used the occasion of a meeting Wednesday with Soviet Ambassador Yuri V. Dubinin to notify him that Sergei Malinin, an accredited diplomat working in New York for the Soviet trade organization known as Amtorg, must leave the United States by the end of the month.
Response to Soviet Act
Redman said, “This is in response to the unwarranted expulsion from the Soviet Union of Lt. Col. Daniel Van Gundy.”
Officials said there was no allegation of improper activity by Malinin and the thrust of the action was to emphasize the American anger over the Soviet tit-for-tat expulsion of Van Gundy in response to an earlier American order expelling a Soviet military attache for alleged espionage.
Asked by reporters what would occur if there were to be a Soviet expulsion of another American in response, Redman said: “We expect that this will put an end to it. Any further unjustified Soviet expulsion of U.S. personnel will require us to take additional measures.”
Attache Accused as Spy
Van Gundy had been ordered to leave the Soviet Union in retaliation for the State Department’s declaring Lt. Col. Yuri Pakhutsov persona non grata on March 9. The FBI said Pakhutsov, a senior military attache based in Washington, had been arrested in the act of taking documents from an American employee of a civilian defense firm in northern Virginia.
The Soviet Embassy denied the spying charge and said the incident was the work of “certain circles” who, it said, “are working to sabotage better relations between Moscow and Washington.”