diplomatic cover


: the special protection that is given to a diplomat
traveling with the benefit of diplomatic cover

Examples of diplomatic cover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rather than distancing itself from the militia groups, Moscow has stepped up its support, transferring arms, providing diplomatic cover, and even ordering Russian forces to fire on Ukrainian military targets across the border. Joshua Yaffa, Foreign Affairs, 6 Aug. 2014 Above all, Israel deserves America’s diplomatic cover and moral support. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 11 Oct. 2023 After Trudeau’s announcement, Canada’s foreign minister, Mélanie Joly, expelled the Indian intelligence service’s station chief, who was operating under diplomatic cover. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 Washington provides Israel with nearly $4 billion a year in military aid and gives Israel crucial diplomatic cover at the United Nations. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 24 July 2023 China has been economically aligned and politically favorable toward neighboring Russia across many decades, and Beijing has provided Putin diplomatic cover by staking out an official position of neutrality in the war while criticizing Western sanctions. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2023 The Dutch government ordered about 10 Russian diplomats to leave the country, saying Moscow has been using diplomatic cover for espionage. Cagan Koc, Bloomberg.com, 18 Feb. 2023 Although Austrians generally aren’t allowed dual citizenship, Marsalek held at least eight passports, including diplomatic cover from the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 According to German and Belgian authorities, Assadi was an Iranian intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover. Dan De Luce, NBC News, 20 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Diplomatic cover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomatic%20cover. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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