Monday, 10 December, 2018

Retired Austrian Officer Suspected Of Spying For Russia

Putin dancing Retired Austrian Officer Suspected Of Spying For Russia
Jeannette Daniel | 10 November, 2018, 14:07

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Austrian ambassador on Friday to protest over "sensationalist media leak" about a former military officer accused of spying for Moscow, and expressed concern over damage to relations.

The case has been referred to prosecutors and the former colonel has been questioned, according to Reuters. The man is said to have been recruited as early as 1988 and continued funneling secret information to Moscow until his exposure this year.

"For the moment we are demanding transparent information from the Russian side", Kurz said.

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said she canceled her visit to Russian Federation scheduled for December 2-3 due to the espionage case.

But unlike most of the European Union nations, Austria decided not to expel Russian diplomats over the Skripals.

Until now, Austria has been seen as one of only a few allies of Russian Federation in the EU. The spy scandal has already undermined Austria's role as a bridge between the two.

Mr Kurz governs in coalition with the far-right and pro-Moscow Freedom Party, while foreign minister Karin Kneissl danced with Mr Putin at her wedding in August.

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As for the Russians, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was "unpleasantly surprised" by the news.

Vienna's relations with Moscow have been under particular scrutiny since Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) became a coalition partner of the current government past year.

Austrian Defence Minister Mario Kunasek said that Vienna had learned about an Austrian retired colonel suspected of conducting intelligence activity for Russian Federation from "a friendly service a few weeks ago".

He retired from the Austrian army five years ago.

"We can't say for the moment whether this is an isolated incident or not", Mr Kunasek said.

The FPOe - which nominated Kneissl and of which Kunasek is also a member - has had a "cooperation pact" with Russian President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party since 2016.

If that occurs, the case in Austria and recent allegations of Russian espionage in the Netherlands "don't improve relations between Russia and the European Union", said Kurz, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the 28-nation bloc.

"Recently our Western partners have made it a rule not to use traditional diplomacy, but instead so-called "megaphone diplomacy" by publicly accusing us and for explanations about matters we know nothing about", he told a press conference.

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