Austria expels Russian diplomat over alleged ‘industrial espionage’ at ‘high-tech company’
The man, who has not been named, must leave the country by September 1, according to Vienna daily Kronen Zeitung.
“The Russian diplomat carried out industrial espionage in a high-tech company for years with the support of an Austrian citizen,” it explained, adding that the latter had confessed to spying and named a Russian as his handler.Also on rt.com 'Persona non grata': Norway expels & bans Russian diplomat after local man he allegedly met is arrested for 'espionage'
Speaking to Moscow-based news agency TASS, the Austrian Foreign Ministry confirmed the expulsion but refused to offer any details.
As is typical following a diplomatic spat and expulsion, Russia’s Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that Russia would respond to the Austrian move.
The Viennese expulsion is just the latest in a series of incidents this month. On August 11, Slovakia expelled three staff at the Russian embassy in Bratislava for “abuse of visas.” Eight days later, Norway kicked out a Russian representative for engaging in actions “incompatible with the role and status of a diplomat.”Also on rt.com Moscow outraged after bug found in Russian military attache car in The Hague, summons Dutch Charge d'Affaires
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