Contents tagged with Skripal case

  • Austrian Chancellor: Espionage scandal will not affect relations between Austria and Russia

    Liga.net 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 …

  • 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 ( …

  • Russia detains persons involved in leaking Skripal poisoners’ personal data

    The Russian news outlet Rosbalt reports that the FSB has identified those involved in leaking the personal data of Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, who were accused by London of poisoning former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal.

    According to the agency, the FSB officers executed more than 60 warrants over a “short period” aimed at stopping the leaks the data. “First of all, they came to private detectives and the so-called "pushers", those who were known to sell data from closed databases,” …

  • US promises new Russia sanctions every two months

    The US will continue its systematic tightening of sanctions on Russia in order to force the Kremlin to change its policy towards Ukraine, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine said at the Atlantic Council in Washington on Thursday.

    According to Volker, new sanctions will be imposed at a rate of “once every month or two”, in order to increase the pressure on Russia’s leaders.

    “We are increasing the pressure in order to force them to negotiate. This includes keeping US …

  • Medvedev: sanctions against Russian banks would be a declaration of trade war

    The possible imposition of sanctions against the Russian bank sector will become “the declaration of trade war” but Moscow can overcome the limitations, stated Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Euronews. The Head of the Cabinet of Ministers stressed that the Russian economy “is able to adapt to any forms of pressure.”

    “The question is why this [imposition of sanctions] is needed. The answer is that this destroys international order, including international economic …

  • Kremlin: Putin to visit Paris in November

    In November Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading to Paris, where he will attend a ceremony commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the end of the first world war.

    “We plan on flying to Paris on November 11th. We will take part in the ceremony at the Champs Elysees fields,” Putin’s foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said on October 16th.

    The ceremony will be attended by other heads of state, including US President Donald Trump who confirmed his attendance at the event.

    Answering a …

  • EU prepares to impose 'chemical' sanctions on Russia

    At today’s session in Luxembourg, the Council of the European Union intends to ratify a new sanction regime against the physical and legal entities responsible for the use and proliferation of chemical weapons. The new sanctions were proposed by the UK and France following the incidents in Syria and in Salisbury which Russia is held responsible for.

    The drafting of the new restrictions began at an EU summit at the end of July which was held directly after an extraordinary session of the …

  • Dutch Defense Minister admits there is a cyber war with Russia

    Interfax reports that, while speaking on Dutch national television, the head of the Netherland’s Ministry of Defense, Ank Bijleveld agreed with the statement that her country is conducting a cyber war with Russia.

    When asked if the current situation between the Netherlands and Russia could be described as a cyber war, she replied, "Yes, that is the case."

    Bijleveld added that after the detention of Russian intelligence officers, the Dutch Ministry of Defense decided to increase its cyber …

  • EU preparing new sanctions against Russia

    On Monday, October 15, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union will approve a plan for new sanctions against Russia. This time sanctions will be imposed due to the use of chemical weapons, reported Interfax citing the British Foreign Ministry. According to the document, sanctions were proposed by the UK and France and concern not only Russia but are intended to prevent the criminal use of chemical weapons around the world. Those responsible for the sanctions saw the need for action …

  • Kremlin claims Russians accused of hacker attack in Netherlands were testing embassy's computer systems

    The Russians detained in April in the Netherlands were supposed to test the embassy's computer systems, stated the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Intexfax reports.

    “The technical equipment confiscated from the Russian representatives were intended for testing the embassy’s information systems for analyzing the security of computer networks in connection with the frequent attempts of cyber-penetration into Russian state institutions,” the statement reads.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry …