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In Austria, the detained former Colonel of the armed forces, he is suspected of espionage in favor of Russia, said the Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
According to him, military cooperation with the Russian intelligence continued until 2018.
«Department of military counterintelligence with the assistance of international cooperation revealed a case of espionage. A retired officer of the Austrian army from 1990-ies engaged in espionage and passed on information of Russia. Against him opened a case», — reported in Twitter defense Ministry spokesman Michael Bauer.
The head of the Austrian Ministry of foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl was summoned to the office of the Russian representative, and also canceled a trip to Moscow.
«Now this suspicion, it is necessary to investigate and establish, if confirmed or not. But because of the information situation, which we have, and given recent events, for example, in the Netherlands, we can at the moment to assume that the suspicion is confirmed,» said Kurtz.
According to Kronen Zeitung, the Colonel had to collect information about the Austrian air force, artillery systems, migration crisis, as well as detailed information on a number of senior military officials. Every two weeks he had contact with the Russian side with a man named «Yuri», the newspaper notes.
It is emphasized that the military of Salzburg received for work to Moscow 300 thousand euros.
In the Russian Embassy and the foreign intelligence Service refused to comment on this information.