Date: 6 months ago   Category: Russia

The MFA of Russia has expressed a protest to Austria


Incident with the retired Austrian colonel has already led to a complication of the relations between the Russian Federation and Austria, the Russian diplomats have noted. The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed a protest in connection with the statement of the authorities of Austria for suspicion of espionage in favor of Russia of the former colonel of the Austrian army. It is said in the statement published on the website of Foreign Ministry on Friday, November 9. "on November 9 the ambassador of Austria in Moscow Johannes Aygner has been summoned to the MFA of Russia. In connection with the statements of the authorities of Austria allegedly in favor of Russia of a certain former colonel of the Austrian armed forces have announced a protest suspicion of participation in intelligence activities", – it is said in the statement. Moscow has drawn the attention of the ambassador to the statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria Karin Knaysl that "in case of confirmation of suspicions of espionage the Russian-Austrian relations will be seriously burdened". Also it is noted that "the steps taken by Vienna based on suspicions without any proofs have already led to a complication of our relations which differed in positive dynamics until recently". "Causes bewilderment why our Austrian partners have preferred not to discuss with us the suspicions which are available for them through the fixed channels of dialogue, and have resorted to the method which has become, unfortunately, for many western countries habitual – a sensational throw of information in media and to the public requirement of explanations from us", – have complained in the Russian Foreign Ministry. Earlier it became known that in Austria have detained the retired colonel of armed forces of the country on suspicion of collecting intelligence information for Moscow. According to media, the former officer, nowadays the pensioner, in the period of the service in the Austrian army was engaged in espionage about 20 years in favor of Russia. Because of scandal Karin Knaysl has cancelled a trip to Russia which has been planned for December 2-3. In turn the chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz has said that Vienna waits from Moscow of explanations on this case. We will remind, in the middle of August the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has visited Austria at Karin Knaysl's wedding. News from the Correspondent.netv of Telegram. Subscribe for our https://t.me/korrespondentnet channel

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