Source Pravda.Ru

Austria will not ruin its friendship with Russia despite spy scandal

Austria intends to continue further dialogue with Moscow despite the spy scandal, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz said during a news conference.

"We are a country that has good ties with Russia, we are focused on dialogue, and this will not change in the future. But when we suspect espionage, we will always criticise and prevent this," the official said.

Kurtz also said that Austria does not intend to expel Russian diplomats because of the spy scandal. According to him, Vienna has clearly expressed its reaction to Moscow. "The topic of relations with Russia is regularly discussed at the European level, and Austria does not intend to take separate steps in this direction," Sebastian Kurtz said.

On November 9, Austrian authorities detained a 70-year-old man, who was suspected of disclosing Austria's state secrets for Russia. The Austrian worked at a structural planning department of the Austrian Ministry of Defence. He may have had knowledge about important negotiations, but he had no access to secret information.

As a result of the scandal, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl canceled her visit to Russia scheduled for December 2 and 3. In turn, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said that he saw no reason to be overdramatic and urged to wait for the results of the investigation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that instead of the "megaphone and microphone diplomacy," the Austrian authorities should have directly approached Moscow to explain their concerns and suspicions in accordance with international practice.

Russia's Ministry for Foreign Affairs is seriously concerned about the state of health of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Sergei Skrypal's niece, Victoria Skripal, said that her uncle had already died.

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The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. Calvey will be held in custody until April 13

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