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Threatens the Austrian ex-colonel up to 10 years for "espionage in favor of Russia" - RIA Novosti, 11/9/2018


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VIENNA, 9 Nov — RIA Novosti. To the retired Austrian colonel who is suspected of disclosure of the state secret, threatens up to ten years of prison, the representative of the prosecutor's office of Salzburg processing case Robert Holtslyaytner.© RIA Novosti / Alexey Vitvitsky has told RIA Novosti to Pass into an image bank the Austrian media report that the ex-colonel was enlisted in 1988 in Iran "We check the message in all directions, in particular — in the direction of crime of disclosure of the state secrets. This crime which at us is punished to ten years of imprisonment" — he has told. Today it became known of detention of the retired Austrian officer who, according to media, for nearly 20 years was engaged in investigation in favor of Russia. In particular, he had to collect information on the Austrian Air Force, artillery systems, migration crisis and also a detailed information on many high-ranking military. The Minister of Defence of Austria Mario Cunasec has said that his department has obtained information on this business from "friendly service" a few weeks ago. According to media, it is about intelligence agencies of Germany. The chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz has demanded from Moscow of "transparent information" and has said that Vienna will discuss a situation with the European partners. The head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry Karin Knaysl has cancelled a visit to Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned the ambassador in Moscow Johannes Aygner. As the head of department Sergey Lavrov noted, the Russian side intends to explain to the Austrian diplomat with what methods it is necessary to work if Vienna has questions to Moscow.

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