CANBERRA, June 15 (AP) — The Australian government will introduce legislation to block Russia’s construction of a new embassy near the Parliament Buildings on security grounds.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the legislation, due to be brought to parliament on Thursday, would cancel Russia’s lease on the proposed site on the advice of security agencies.
“We’re dealing with this very specifically, and it’s based on very specific recommendations, and about the nature of the building proposed for this site, about the location of this site, and about the ability to potentially disrupt the activities happening at the Capitol,” he said. Albanese told reporters.
After Russia won a case in federal court last month, the government decided to take action to prevent its eviction from the site under construction.
Canberra local authorities have canceled the lease due to a lack of construction activity.
Russia currently occupies the former Soviet embassy, which is farther from the Reichstag than the new location. (Associated Press)
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