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Austria says retired colonel suspected of spying for Russia

AFP  |  Vienna 

A retired in the is suspected of having spied for for several decades, said on Friday.

told a press conference that the is suspected to have begun working with in the 1990s and carried on until 2018.

has summoned the Russian over the matter and cancelled an upcoming trip to Russia, added.

"Of course if such cases are confirmed, whether it be in the or in Austria, it can't improve the relationship between the EU and Russia," Kurz said.

He was referring to the expulsion of four Russian agents by the in April for allegedly planning a cyber-attack on the world's in

"Russian spying in is unacceptable and to be condemned," Kurz added.

Austrian told the press conference that the case came to light "a few weeks ago" as a result of information from another European intelligence agency.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 14:45 IST