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Date: 8 months ago   Category: Politics

Karin Knaysl has commented on the spy scandal


In a conversation with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov the Foreign Minister of Austria has explained motives by which were guided in Vienna. How will the relations between the countries in the light of the latest events develop further? Karin Knaysl. Photo: DPA/TASS the Spy scandal were discussed by phone by Russian foreign ministers and Austria. Karin Knaysl "has explained motives by which were guided in Vienna, and has hoped that the taken steps won't affect further development of the bilateral relations". Sergey Lavrov, in turn, has declared unacceptability of promotion of public unfounded accusations, the Russian Foreign Ministry has reported. According to the Austrian magazine Profil, the German military counterintelligence has helped to reveal the agent working for GRU to the Austrians. The colonel who has worked 20 years in the Defense Ministry had no access to the classified information, but helped Moscow the valuable data. How will this history develop further? Professor of MGIMO Valery Solovey argues: — It is favorable to Austrian "companions" that it became known that information on the Russian agent to them was provided by the German intelligence agency. Thereby they decline all responsibility for deterioration in the Russian-Austrian relations. By the way, at once I will emphasize, temporary deterioration. That is logic such: Germans have told us that there is an agent what, we had to keep silent? We couldn't but react, deal with Germans. As for prospect of the Russian-Austrian relations, I can tell, as in Russia among the people making decisions and in Austria among the people who are similarly influencing the Austrian policy there is a steady belief that essentially this incident won't affect the Russian-Austrian relations. — And with Germany our relationship from it somehow will worsen? — Yes, most likely, it will be one more pebble in a kitchen garden of already extremely difficult Russian-German relations. But especially we won't give a look as Germany after all lobbies construction "Nord Stream — 2" therefore we wouldn't like to inflate big scandal and to transfer him to the political plane. We will pretend, most likely, that haven't noticed. The colonel suspected of espionage has allowed to recognize elny indications. In particular, the former military admitted that he has received 300 thousand euros from the Russian side, the Die Presse newspaper has reported, referring to the Ministry of Defence of Austria. To add BFM.ru to your sources of news?

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