Moscow’s suspension of its mission could come into effect as early as November 1, Lavrov said.
Russia is also suspending the activities of the NATO military liaison mission in Moscow, Lavrov said, with staff accreditation to be withdrawn on November 1.
The NATO information bureau in Moscow, which was established at the Belgian embassy to explain the role of NATO and NATO policies to the Russian public, will also be terminated, he said.
Lavrov said the Kremlin’s suspensions were in response to “NATO’s actions.” Earlier this month, a NATO official said that the eight Russians they expelled were “undeclared Russian intelligence officers.”
Austin will also visit Ukraine and Romania before a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels.