The employee of Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bratislava is suspected of reconnaissance activity. Its dispatch took place shortly before the Czech Republic announced hyperactivity of the Russian hackers. Whether these events are connected and whether Slovakia will adjoin the general course of the EU concerning Russia? Photo: Sergey Slovakia sent to Fadeichev/TASS the Russian diplomat. It became known only on Wednesday, December 5 though dispatch took place about two weeks ago. The name of the diplomat is not told. According to the Slovak prime minister Pyotr Pellegrini, it is about the employee of office of the assistant on defense of the Russian Embassy in Bratislava. He is suspected of reconnaissance activity. According to one of versions, the diplomat tried to learn everything about intention of Bratislava to buy the F-16 fighters from the USA. "Dispatch is made on the basis of data of military investigation" — Pellegrini said. It is no wonder that it occurred soon after resignation of the former Slovak prime minister Robert Fico, the specialist in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the political analyst Dmitry Babich considers: Dmitry Babich is a specialist in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the political analyst "The relations Slovakia with Russia had last years quite good. First of all, thanks to the prime minister Robert Fico who tried to play a role of some bridge between Russia and the European Union. Apparently, Fico was also punished for it at the beginning of this year. There was a scandal over murder of the journalist and his bride. Charges were used that allegedly this journalist, mister Kusey, was killed because he opened certain communications between Fico's environment and the Italian mafia. This story did not receive any real continuation, nevertheless, Fico was forced to resign as the prime minister. Apparently, Slovakia is forced to adjoin the general European Union course. Quite so it looks now". Expulsion of the Russian diplomat from Slovakia took place shortly before the intelligence agency of the neighboring Czech Republic warned in the report on hyperactivity of the Russian and Chinese hackers. Russian, in particular, allegedly, attacked the MFA and the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic. It only coincidence, the Prague historian and the journalist Yaroslav Shimov is sure: Yaroslav Shimov is a historian, the journalist from Prague "The Czech counterintelligence published the report - it is the annual report. The fact that it occurred in at one time, well, it here chronological coincidence. And actually we perfectly know that recently the Russian diplomats were sent from the most different countries. So I these two facts — what occurred in Bratislava and that in Prague — it is direct so closely did not connect. As for the report of the Czech counterintelligence, this time it was devoted, mostly, to the Russian activity. But it is possible to judge only by its open part. Always there is a part closed which is inaccessible to general public. Follows from an open part of the report that the Czech intelligence agencies consider Russia guilty in a series of cyber attacks which took place in 2017, and an attack on e-mail of employees of the MFA was the most serious. Also N were recorded
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