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Date: 8 months ago   Category: Politics

Artificial colonel: what will the new spy scandal in Austria end with?


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria Karin Knaysl.
Moscow has responded with a protest to charges of recruitment of "mole" of the Austrian army. And the Foreign Minister of Austria Karin Knaysl at whose wedding Vladimir Putin danced, has cancelled a trip to Moscow. To wait for strain of relations with the friendly European country? Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria Karin Knaysl. Photo: Mikhail Mettsel / TASS the MFA of Russia has responded with a protest to charges of recruitment of high-ranking "mole" of the Austrian army. Earlier it became known of detention in Austria of the retired colonel on suspicion of work on the Russian intelligence within nearly 30 years. Everything has begun, as well as it is necessary in espionage novels, in Iran. 1988, probably some teahouse during a sandstorm, the Soviet intelligence agencies hire a certain Austrian. What at Moscow was "whip" on future "mole", isn't reported, but here "gingerbreads" in more than two decades of work has collected for 300 thousand euros. At least, the Austrian press so writes — officially neither the espionage experience of the colonel, nor the sum of payments are called yet. What could be interested in Moscow in? Andrey Frolov the research associate of the Center of the analysis of strategy and technologies, the editor-in-chief of the Export Vooruzheny magazine "First of all Austria is as a certain bridge, the neutral territory which allows to work first of all to the European countries which are included into the NATO alliance. All the same Austria, anyway, is entered in various general projects, at it are adopted European and not only the systems of arms, that is it is possible to learn the characteristic of systems. They have an Eurofighter Typhoon fighter which is the main fighter of the European NATO member states. Then on small arms where Austria is strong, here, probably, there are no megasecrets, but though besides quantitative some characteristics, mobilization capacities, production of these small arms". According to Kronen Zeitung, the unnamed ex-colonel "acted very professionally" and held "an imperceptible post" in the headquarters of the Austrian army. In Moscow allegedly especially were interested in the Eurofighter fighters. The Russian side has provided to the suspect the technical equipment, in particular all-wave the receiver through which the military transmitted the coded information. Each two weeks he met the curator by the name of Yury and received from him tasks. According to the Der Standard newspaper, the military counterintelligence of Austria has received data on activity of the ex-colonel from intelligence agencies of Germany. What to wait in the Russian-Austrian relations for, the chairman of presidium of Council for foreign and defensive policy, the editor-in-chief of the "Russia in Global Policy" magazine Fedor Lukyanov:fedor Lukyanov the chairman of presidium the SWAP argues, the editor-in-chief of the "Russia in Global Policy" magazine "Sanctions hardly, and here to send someone, probably, will send because besides when there was a final round this mass, Austria has referred to the fact that they have no our millions. Now after this history it is difficult to approve it therefore for certain someone will be sent. Espionage — a thing

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