Rus­sia sum­mons Aus­trian am­bas­sador over spy scan­dal

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MOSCOW: Rus­sian for­eign min­is­ter on Fri­day said he was "un­pleas­antly sur­prised" by Aus­tria's re­cent ar­rest of a sus­pect in es­pi­onage in favour of Rus­sia.

Aus­tria had to con­tact Rus­sia of­fi­cially for their con­cerns re­gard­ing pos­si­ble threats to its na­tional se­cu­rity, Sergey Lavrov said at a news con­fer­ence in Moscow.

The Aus­trian am­bas­sador to Moscow was sum­moned to the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry for giv­ing ex­pla­na­tions on this point, Lavrov said.

"Un­for­tu­nately in re­cent years, our West­ern part­ners have made it a rule to ac­cuse us pub­licly, de­mand­ing a pub­lic ex­pla­na­tion on a ques­tion about which we know noth­ing about," he said. Aus­trian Chan­cel­lor Se­bas­tian Kurz ear­lier said that the coun­try's au­thor­i­ties launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­tiv­i­ties of a re­tired mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence colonel, who con­veyed in­for­ma­tion on the mi­gra­tion cri­sis, Aus­trian mil­i­tary avi­a­tion and ar­tillery sys­tems to Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

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