Russian Espionage Incident in the Austrian Armed Forces

Published: November 9, 2018; 10:33 · (Vindobona)

A colonel of the Austrian Armed Forces is suspected of having worked for decades with a Russian intelligence service. Foreign Minister Kneissl quoted the Russian chargé d'affaires to the Foreign Ministry and cancelled her planned trip to Russia.

Chancellor Kurz and Defense Minister Kunasek: "Espionage is unacceptable and condemnable. We demand transparent information from the Russian side". / Picture: © Bundeskanzleramt (BKA) / Dragan Tatic

Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Defence Minister Mario Kunasek informed at a press conference scheduled at short notice that a retired seventy-year-old colonel of the Federal Armed Forces is suspected of having cooperated with a Russian intelligence service.

"According to the information available, this procedure could have begun in the 1990s and lasted until 2018. This…

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