The Soviet Union protested the expulsion of a Soviet trade official from the United States and suggested that it might take further action, the Tass news agency said. The Foreign Ministry issued the protest to U.S. Ambassador Jack F. Matlock Jr., describing the March 23 expulsion order against Sergei Malinin, an employee of the Soviet trade organization Amtorg, as groundless, Tass said. The news agency asserted that U.S. authorities expelled Malinin in retaliation for the expulsion by Moscow of a U.S. military attache, Lt. Col. Daniel Francis Van Gundy.
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