Sputnik News – Austria Expels Russian Diplomat Over Espionage Allegations

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Austria has declared a Russian diplomat persona non grata over espionage suspicions, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported Monday.

According to the outlet, the diplomat has to leave the country by 1 September.

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.

Moscow has expressed protest to Austria over the allegations, remarking on the lack of evidence.

Source – Sputnik News