Austrian colonel suspected of spying for Russia for decades, Vienna says

Austrian authorities have questioned a recently retired senior military officer on suspicion of spying for Russia for decades, and demanded an explanation from Moscow, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday.

Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who danced with Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding in August, has canceled a planned trip to Moscow over the case, which involves a colonel whose spying activities are believed to have begun in the 1990s.

The case has been referred to prosecutors, Kurz and Defence Minister Mario Kunasek said.

Issues of interest to the officer or his alleged handlers included weapons systems and migration, Kunasek said, adding that it was not clear whether the case was an isolated one.

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