Disinfo: Revelation of espionage in Austria: a move aimed at spoiling Russia’s relations with Austria

Summary

Revelation of Russian espionage in Austria is a move aimed at spoiling Russia’s relations with Austria.

Disproof

The news about an ongoing investigation into the case was revealed by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz himself at a press briefing in Vienna. The Austrian Defence Minister Mario Kunasek said that the spying case came to light a "few weeks ago" with help from another European intelligence agency.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue125
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Austria, Russia
  • Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia, Secret services

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