'Russian undeclared spies' and their families board plane to Singapore

Two suspected Russian spies were seen boarding a plane in Canberra late on Sunday night after being ordered to leave Australia within seven days. 

A swarm of Russian embassy officials accompanied two families who arrived at the airport dressed in casual wear and lugging several bulky suitcases, according to the Daily Telegraph. 

The families spent time with the embassy's First Secretary Konstantin Kirilin in the international lounge before boarding flight SQ292 to Singapore, en route to Moscow, at 9.45pm. 

A swarm of embassy officials accompanied two Russian diplomats suspected of being spies and their families as they boarded a plane in Canberra on Sunday night

A swarm of embassy officials accompanied two Russian diplomats suspected of being spies and their families as they boarded a plane in Canberra on Sunday night

The families spent time with the embassy's First Secretary Konstantin Kirilin in the international lounge before boarding flight SQ292 to Singapore, en route to Moscow, at 9.45pm (pictured is the Russian embassy in Canberra) 

The families spent time with the embassy's First Secretary Konstantin Kirilin in the international lounge before boarding flight SQ292 to Singapore, en route to Moscow, at 9.45pm (pictured is the Russian embassy in Canberra) 

Earlier on Sunday, Russian ambassador Grigory Logvinov (pictured) was seen at Canberra Airport boarding a flight with his wife, Irina Logvinova

Earlier on Sunday, Russian ambassador Grigory Logvinov (pictured) was seen at Canberra Airport boarding a flight with his wife, Irina Logvinova

Earlier the same day, Russian ambassador Grigory Logvinov was seen at Canberra Airport boarding a flight with his wife, Irina Logvinova, according to the publication. 

'Do you want me to open this? Do you want my dirty underwear?' Mr Logvinov, who appeared to be irritated by the presence of media, asked photographers. 

Mr Logvinov laughed off espionage allegations and denied that the two diplomats expelled from the country were spies during an interview on ABC's 7.30 program on Tuesday.  

'Very funny question, actually,' he said when quizzed by presenter Leigh Sales.   

'I would be happy to see you ask this question to any ambassadors here in Canberra.'

Asked again if there were Russian intelligence operatives in Australia's capital, Mr Logvinov said there was only 'career diplomats' at his embassy in Canberra.

'Well, no ambassador would give you an answer and actually ask your authorities how they could judge who is a special agent or not,' he said.

Last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop declared the two suspected spies would have seven days to leave Australia, and flagged a Socceroos boycott of the upcoming soccer World Cup in Russia.

The U.K., United States and European allies of Britain have expelled 100 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in the United Kingdom, marking the biggest expulsion since the Cold War.

'Today Australia is expelling two Russian diplomats,' Mr Turnbull told reporters at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday. 

Australia has expelled two Russian diplomats it believes are undeclared spies, joining other world powers in taking action over the poisoning of a former spy in the UK

Australia has expelled two Russian diplomats it believes are undeclared spies, joining other world powers in taking action over the poisoning of a former spy in the UK

'We're acting together with 23 other nations around the world in response to the shocking chemical warfare attack at Salisbury in the United Kingdom on the fourth of March. 

'This was the first act of chemical warfare in Europe since the second World War.

'Russia is threatening the democratic world right around the world.'

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also suggested Australia would boycott the FIFA soccer World Cup in Russia, due to be held in June, making this Australia's highest-profile sporting boycott since 1980, when then prime minister Malcolm Fraser boycotted the Moscow Olympics

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