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The intelligence services of European countries seriously cut back on the amount of information they share with Austria, because of its good relations with Russia. This was told Reuters Austrian opposition lawmaker Peter Pilz.
According to him, cooperation with the Austrian Federal office for protection of Constitution and fighting terrorism (BVT) refuse yet only a few countries. “As far as I know, it’s British intelligence, especially Mi-5 [British counter-intelligence], and the Dutch intelligence Agency,” he said.
Pilz noted that this decision was made because of the relations of the ruling far-right Austrian freedom party (FPÖ) and the largest Russian party “United Russia”, which is also called the “party of power”. The Agency points out that the cooperation agreement between them has long been of concern among Western security services that consider Russia a dangerous opponent.
FPÖ — coalition partner of the conservative Austrian people’s party headed by Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz. Thus it has the Ministerial portfolios of key ministries: defense, foreign and internal Affairs. The last charge of BVT.
In March, the head of the Austrian Ministry of foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl said that the spy scandal that erupted between the two countries at the end of 2018, will not affect relations between the two States. In the same year Vienna refused to accede to the European countries and to expel Russian diplomats after the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal in the UK.
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