In Vienna I learned about «spying for Russia» from a military «friendly service»

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae in fotobanka. Archival photoIn Vienna I learned about «spying for Russia» from a military «friendly service»© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae the image Bank

Vienna learned about the Austrian retired Colonel, suspect of espionage in favor of Russia, from the friendly service a few weeks ago, told reporters the head of the Ministry of defense of Austria Mario Kunasek.

He noted that the Colonel for five years in retirement.

«We learned this information a few weeks ago from friendly service. The authority began negotiating with the purpose of identification, and then negotiate with him. The former officer also donated equipment, now is to assess these devices – laptop and so on,» the Minister said at a press conference in Vienna.

Kunasek added that the case «shows that even after the cold war, there is espionage».

Earlier, the Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz said that the former Colonel of the armed forces of Austria is suspected of maintaining over 20 years of intelligence activities in favor of Russia. The Russian Embassy declined to comment on the media reports. Chargé d’affaires of Russia to Austria was summoned to the Austrian foreign Ministry. We also learned that because of the incident, the Austrian foreign Minister Karin Kneissl canceled his visit to Russia.