Monday 24 August 2020 - 12:20

Moscow Vows Reciprocal Response to Austria’s Expulsion of Russian Diplomat

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Moscow Vows Reciprocal Response to Austria’s Expulsion of Russian Diplomat
"This is (a question) for the Foreign Ministry. The Foreign Ministry is usually the one to handle the response. You know that our ambassador has already mentioned the traditional principle of the in-kind response, in one way or another, there will be a response," Peskov told reporters.

The Russian Embassy in Austria said on Monday that it was outraged by Vienna's groundless decision to expel Russian diplomat over alleged espionage, Sputnik reported.

"We are outraged by the unfounded decision of the Austrian authorities, which is detrimental to constructive Russian-Austrian relations. We are certain that Moscow's response in kind will be coming soon," the embassy said.

In turn, the Austrian Foreign Ministry confirmed the expulsion of the Russian diplomat.

"We can confirm that the Russian diplomat will be expelled. His behavior contravenes the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations," the ministry said and refused to comment on any other details.

The Krone Zeitung reported earlier in the day that the diplomat had until 1 September to leave the country and was being expelled over espionage suspicions.

The newspaper suggested that the diplomat was involved in industrial espionage with the help of an Austrian citizen.

In June, an Austrian court sentenced a retired colonel of the Austrian Armed Forces to three years in prison on charges of espionage for Russia.

Earlier in the day, Austria declared a Russian diplomat persona non grata over espionage suspicions.