Retired Austrian colonel accused of spying for Moscow ‘for decades’

Austria Accuses 70-Year-Old Army Officer Of Spying For Russia For Decades

Austria Accuses 70-Year-Old Army Officer Of Spying For Russia For Decades

"Espionage is unacceptable, and Russian espionage in Europe is also unacceptable", said the chancellor.

"It seems that neutral Austria, which is trying to maintain the appearance of a dialogue with Russia and hopes that it will protect it from interference, are now convinced that 100 years after the case of the Austrian Colonel Redl/the spy in the Russian service, Russia has not changed neither the goal nor the methods", - he said in Twitter. The EU has always clearly stated this and acknowledges the problem that Russian Federation presents, as evidenced by the recent debates in the European Council, Interfax's source said.

An Austrian colonel is being investigated on suspicion of spying for Russia, Austrian officials have said.

"No neutral status will save you from Russian spies in the ranks of the Armed Forces".

"We will call (the Austrian ambassador's) attention to the methods that must be used if you have questions to put to Russia", Lavrov added.

In his opinion, over the course of 100 years little has changed in terms of goals and methods for Russian Federation. The Austrian foreign Minister had planned to visit Russia on December 2-3 of this year and to discuss the implementation of the Austrian-Russian public forum "Sochi dialogue".

Previously Switzerland complained about the dominance of Russian spies in the country.

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"We can't say for the moment whether this is an isolated incident or not", Kunasek said. The FPO has a "co-operation pact" with Russia's governing United Russia party.

He said that - if confirmed - such activities "can't improve the relationship between the European Union and Russia".

According to Austrian press reports, the colonel was paid 300,000 euros ($340,000) for his services. Russian President Vladimir Putin was at Ms Kneissl's wedding in August.

She "expressed hope that the steps will not affect the further development of bilateral cooperation", the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

An Austrian Defense Ministry spokesman told the Kurier newspaper on November 10 that the information allegedly passed on by the suspect "ranged from unimportant things to more sensitive information".

However, Austrian media reported that the colonel had been extremely professional and had worked in the Austrian army's control centre in the state of Salzburg.

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