11/9/2018, 9:58 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Austrian FM cancels Russia visit after alleged spy arrest

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl canceled her visit to Russia after a retired Austrian colonel was arrested on suspicion he spied for Russia. Kneissl also summoned diplomats from Russia's embassy in Vienna in relation to the incident, according to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

The Austrian top diplomat, whose wedding in August was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was scheduled to visit Russia in early December for talks on the implementation of plans to set up of the Sochi Dialogue, a Russian-Austrian public forum.

Earlier in the day, Austria's Defense Ministry stated that a 70-year-old former military officer was arrested on Thursday over his alleged transfer of classified information about the migration crisis, the Austrian military aircraft and artillery systems to Russian military intelligence services since the late 1990s.

Breaking the News / NP