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Question on the alleged spies GRU in Austria have long been exhausted, and substantially on the subject of Austria, from Russia to talk about. This statement was made by the Russian foreign Ministry, reports “Interfax”.
“I’m so sorry that we are willing to revive thrown in November last year, the “spicy story” of Russian spies in the Alpine Republic, which we in Austria — in our understanding — closed. Anyway, in this spirit, in recent months, passed all bilateral contacts with the leaders of Austria,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
He also noted that the accusations against the alleged intelligence agent Igor Zaitsev voiced “in the notorious style of “highly likely”” and are made for those channels, which is not expected a serious discussion. For these reasons, the Russian side refuses to comment.
That the Russian was announced in the international search, it became known on July 25. The Austrian side called him the officer of the Main Directorate of the General staff of the Russian armed forces (General staff of GU, the former GRU).
It is assumed that Zaitsev was the curator of the 70-year-old Colonel from Salzburg to retirement, which the Austrian authorities have detained on suspicion in disclosure of state secrets in favor of Russia 9 November 2018.
Soldier, whose name was not revealed, confessed. It turned out that he worked in the structural planning of the Ministry of defense of Austria, could know about the contents of important talks in the Department, but had no access to classified information.
Expression is higly likely gained popularity as it was used by the British in the accusations against Russia in the case of the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury. At the end of 2018, he was named one of the phrases of the year.
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