German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbok intends to expel more than 30 Russian diplomats from the country. Earlier, German security authorities said that representatives of the Russian Federation could use their diplomatic immunity to recruit informants for the purpose of sabotage or spreading disinformation.
It is reported Focus.
Earlier, the head of the interior of the Federal Republic of Germany, Nancy Fazer, noted that it is necessary to act more decisively against Moscow spies.
The suspected envoys are using their diplomatic immunity to illegally recruit German political, business, scientific and military informants for espionage, sabotage or disinformation operations, according to security findings.
Burbok supported her colleague, so now she plans to expel more than 30 Russian diplomats accredited in Berlin.
The federal government knows that the mass deportation of caught agent leaders will not be without consequences. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects that “in return, the Kremlin will declare an even greater number of German diplomats undesirable.”
This expulsion of Russian diplomats from the country may be one of the most massive since the beginning of the full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. Currently, about 160 employees of the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation continue to work in Germany.
In Germany, the investigation into the employee of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) Karsten L., who is suspected of spying for Russia, is still ongoing. It should be noted that in December of last year Karsten L. was arrested on suspicion of treason. The Kremlin could receive secret information about the situation in Ukraine through him. It is possible that the scout could have been blackmailed.
- In Poland, an indictment was sent to the court against citizens of Russia and Belarus. They are suspected of spying for the Russian military intelligence (GRU).
- Two foreign citizens who spied for Russia were exposed in Ljubljana (Slovenia). Employees of the Intelligence and Security Service detained them.
- According to the media, Russian spies from the FSB failed to correctly understand how Ukraine would act in the event of a full-scale invasion. If they still understood what the opposition would be, then they could not or did not want to convey these assessments to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.
- A spy from Russia was exposed in Austria, who was passing classified data to Moscow. The information, in particular, related to the war in Ukraine.
- In October, Norway charged Russian spy Mykhailo Mikushin with espionage, impersonating Brazilian Jose Assis Giammaria, an employee of the Tromsø Arctic University.