Contents tagged with Austria

  • Austrian Chancellor: Espionage scandal will not affect relations between Austria and Russia reports that the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated at a press conference that Austria intends to preserve good relations with Russia, despite the recent espionage scandal.

    “We have a good relationship with Russia, and this will not change in the future,” stated Kurz.

    At the same time, the chancellor stressed that Austria will always “prevent and criticize” espionage attempts.

    Earlier in Austria, a former officer who from the 1990’s had been giving information to Russia …

  • Austrian intelligence unmasks second Russian spy in one week

    For more than a year, the Austrian Prosecution Office has been investigating a employee of the Office for Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism (BVT) who is suspected of spying for Russia, reported the Austrian news outlet Kronen Zeitung with reference to sources in the economic and corruption prosecution office.

    “An Austrian counterintelligence agent is suspected of disclosing state secrets. According to Austrian legislation, the punishment for this may be up to ten years in …

  • Media: Austrian colonel who spied for Russia was exposed by Germany

    An Austrian colonel who worked for Russian Intelligence was exposed by German counterintelligence that handed over the information to the colleagues in Austria, reported Profil magazine.

    Earlier, Austrian authorities said that the information on the Russian spy was handed over to Vienna by a “friendly intelligence agency.” According to Profil, the Austrians were referring to the German Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD).

    The magazine is currently investigating where the retired …

  • Austria accuses Russia of espionage

    Six months after the attempted poisoning of the former double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK, Russia found itself in the middle of a new “espionage scandal.”

    The Austrian Defense Ministry on Friday reported the arrest of a 70-year-old retired colonel, who engaged in espionage for Russia more than 20 years.

    “The military counterintelligence service through international cooperation opened the espionage case. The retired officer of the Austrian army from the 1990’s spied on the Bundesheer ( …

  • Media: Austrian army colonel detained on suspicion of spying for Russia

    The Austrian special services detained a colonel of the Austrian Army who is suspected of spying for Russia for 20 years, the Austrian Kronen Zeitung reported on Friday with reference to the Austrian Defense Ministry.

    According to the newspaper, the Austrian special services investigate the case of the 70-year-old retired colonel who, since the late 1990s, allegedly transferred to the Russian military intelligence information on the migration crisis, the Austrian military aviation and …

  • European Court of Justice paves way for the extradition of Ukrainian tycoon Firtash to USA

    According to the decision of the European Court of Justice, the Supreme Court of Austria may continue the consideration of the case of the Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash.

    "The court decided today that the relevant Austrian regulations are compatible with the EU legislation. This means that, since the EU laws are adhered to in this case, the Supreme Court of Justice in Austria does not have to call for new hearings in the case of the people involved and, as a result, the Austrian …

  • Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs claims Putin's visit to her wedding was ‘unexpected’

    During a broadcast of Ö1 radio, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Karin Kneissl said that she does not have any close relationship with Putin and the invitation of the Russian President to her wedding was “a completely spontaneous" move.

    Putin had come to the wedding on August 18, causing a wave of criticism in the country.

    In early June, the Minister invited government colleagues and the President of Austria to the wedding because “that is the way things are done." At the reception …

  • Media: Merkel and Putin spoke about Syria and peacekeeping mission in Donbas

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to create an international administration and introduce 40,000 peacekeepers in the territories of the Donbas which are not under Ukraine’s control, reported the editor-in-chief of the Russian radio station Echo of Moscow, Alexei Venediktov, on his radio channel.

    According to him, Putin received a detailed plan for the introduction of the peacekeeping units in the Donbas. Venediktov did not report any other details or …

  • Putin attends Austrian foreign minister’s wedding with gift and gives a toast

    One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gifts to Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl was a painting with rural motifs, depicting the places where Kneisl’s husband Wolfgang Meilinger is from, reported Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

    “Putin gave the newlyweds a painting with rural motifs, because her husband is from precisely these places, and he also gave an ancient butter squeezer and a Tula samovar,” Russian news agency TASS cites Peskov as saying.

    The Russian president’s spokesman …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Austria's explanations of Putin’s presence at Karin Kneissl's wedding 'evoke a sad smile'

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry justifying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s presence at the foreign minister’s, Karin Kneissl’s wedding as a private visit evokes a “sad smile”, wrote the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affaitrs, Pavlo Klimkin on Twitter.

    “I do not usually comment on secular life, but if the Austrian Foreign Ministry has to make excuses while assuring that foreign policy is not changing in light of the “private visit,” it is an interesting turn of events that evoke a sad smile,” …