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Russia: Lavrov 'unpleasantly surprised' over Austria's spying allegations02:05

Russia: Lavrov 'unpleasantly surprised' over Austria's spying allegations

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 9, 2018 at 10:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is to tell Vienna it should stick to international communication and not "megaphone diplomacy", commenting on claims an Austrian ex-colonel spied for Russia. Lavrov was speaking at a press conference with Comorian Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Amine Souef in Moscow, Friday.

Speaking on Russian Foreign Ministry summoning the Austrian ambassador, Lavrov said Russia is going to "focus his attention on the methods supposed to be used in case they have questions to Russian Federation."

According to Lavrov, these methods include "directly asking for an explanation according to international communication rules."

Austrian officials have questioned a recently retired Austrian Armed Forces colonel on suspicion of spying for Russia during 20 years.

Following the news Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl cancelled her visit to Russia which was supposed to take place on December 2-3.

Russia: Lavrov 'unpleasantly surprised' over Austria's spying allegations02:05
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is to tell Vienna it should stick to international communication and not "megaphone diplomacy", commenting on claims an Austrian ex-colonel spied for Russia. Lavrov was speaking at a press conference with Comorian Foreign Minister Mohamed El-Amine Souef in Moscow, Friday.

Speaking on Russian Foreign Ministry summoning the Austrian ambassador, Lavrov said Russia is going to "focus his attention on the methods supposed to be used in case they have questions to Russian Federation."

According to Lavrov, these methods include "directly asking for an explanation according to international communication rules."

Austrian officials have questioned a recently retired Austrian Armed Forces colonel on suspicion of spying for Russia during 20 years.

Following the news Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl cancelled her visit to Russia which was supposed to take place on December 2-3.

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