Portugal trims staffs of 3 Soviet-bloc embassies

Portugal has asked the Soviet Union, Poland, and East Germany to cut the size of their embassies in Lisbon, Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemao announced. The request was made in response to the imposition of martial law in Poland.

Informed sources say Portugal wants to reduce the Soviet embassy by six diplomats and the Polish and East German embassies by three each.

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