Austrian colonel accused of spying for Russia
The country's Chancellor is preparing an urgent appeal.
Austrian special services have detained a 70-year-old retired Colonel of the country's armed forces. The officer is suspected of working for Russian intelligence. The Austrian Chancellor is preparing an urgent appeal.
Austrian publication Kronen Zeitung writes with reference to the country's Defense Ministry that the Colonel has ostensibly worked for Moscow for 20 years.
According to journalists, since the end of the 90s, he has furnished the Russian side with data on artillery systems and military aviation of Austria, as well as information on the migration crisis.
The resident of Salzburg received compensation for his services. In total, for the years of work for the Russian intelligence service, the Colonel allegedly got 300 thousand euros.
It is also noted that the man every fortnight got in touch with his go-between "Yury" and passed on secret documents to him. That said, the Russian side managed to warn the agent that the Austrian special services had exposed him.
According to TASS, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Defense Minister Mario Kunasek will soon make an urgent statement in connection with the spy’s arrest.
In turn, the Russian Embassy in Vienna has not yet commented on the arrest of the Colonel in any way.