Colonel of the Austrian army suspected of espionage for Russia

A recently retired Austrian colonel is suspected of having spied Russia for decades.

On Friday in Vienna, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told journalists that the Colonel might have spied on Russian intelligence services in the 1990s and continued until 2018.

Kurz said that "if such cases are confirmed, whether in the Netherlands or Austria, it can not improve the relationship between the EU and Russia."

The parallel refers to the expulsion by the Netherlands in April of four Russian agents who apparently tried to hack the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW), an international body in The Hague.

At the same press conference, the Austrian Minister of Defense, Mario Kunasek, said that the case came to light "a few weeks ago" as a result of information from another European intelligence agency.

The Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl has called on the Russian chargé d & # 39; affairs about this and canceled an upcoming trip to Russia.

As the Russian media reported, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Austrian ambassador Friday after Vienna, demanded an explanation for the suspected espionage activity.