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Global Europe 02-09-2020

Austria to file charges against Turkish spy

Austria will file charges against a person who has confessed to spying for Turkey's secret service, and authorities are investigating more suspected espionage activities, its interior minister said, warning Turkey this would not be tolerated.
Global Europe 27-08-2020

‘Bulgarian connection’ investigated in Navalny poisoning

German medical specialists are investigating similarities between the attempted poisoning of a Bulgarian businessman and his son in 2015 and the recent poisoning of Russian opposition frontman Alexei Navalny, who is being treated in a Berlin hospital.
Europe's East 15-08-2020

Friends again: Belarus hands 32 detained ‘mercenaries’ over to Russia

Russia on Friday (14 August) announced the safe return of 32 of its citizens after Belarus detained them saying they were mercenaries sent to destabilise the country ahead of Sunday's presidential election.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats, link to Berlin murder reported

Slovakia said on Monday (10 August) it has expelled three staff at the Russian embassy in Bratislava whilst citing an abuse of Slovak visas, which local media said was linked with a murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last year.
Europe's East 05-08-2020

Belarus leader claims opposition ‘massacre’ plot ahead of vote

Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday (4 August) accused the opposition and Russia of planning violent unrest and vowed to defend his regime as early voting began in presidential elections.
Global Europe 03-08-2020

Russia and Belarus at odds over arrest of suspected mercenaries

A dispute between Moscow and Minsk over the detention of more than 30 men who Belarus accused of being Russian mercenaries is dragging on, as the two sides contradicted each other about the group’s plans.
Global Europe 19-06-2020

German prosecutors accuse Russia of ordering murder in Berlin

German federal prosecutors accused Russia on Thursday (18 June) of ordering the killing of a former Chechen rebel in Berlin last summer and indicted a Russian man for the murder, which has severely strained diplomatic ties.
Global Europe 21-02-2020

US intelligence told lawmakers Russia tries to help Trump’s re-election

US intelligence officials told lawmakers last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign by aiming to cast doubt on the integrity of the vote and boost President Donald Trump’s re-election, a person familiar with the briefing said on Thursday (20 February).
Global Europe 18-02-2020

Russian spy agency played role in Berlin murder of Georgian man: Bellingcat

Russia’s FSB security service planned and organized the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last summer, a killing that triggered diplomatic expulsions from Germany and Moscow, the investigative website Bellingcat said on Monday (17 February).
Enlargement 12-02-2020

US envoy warns Russia seeks to divide Balkans

The US envoy for the Western Balkans warned on Tuesday (11 February) that Russia is seeking to divide the region and hinder its integration with the West.
Global Europe 24-01-2020

Bulgaria accuses two more Russian diplomats of spying

Bulgarian officials said Friday (24 January) that two Russian diplomats spied in the EU member country and would probably be expelled.
Global Europe 23-01-2020

Bulgaria indicts three Russian nationals for Skripal-type attempted murder

After years of foot-dragging, Bulgarian prosecutors on Wednesday (23 January) indicted three Russian nationals for allegedly attempting to poison the owner of a Bulgarian arms factory and his son in 2015.
Politics 10-04-2019

UK, Dutch spy agencies curb intel flow to Austria over Russia ties

British and Dutch spy agencies have heavily restricted the amount of intelligence they share with Austria, mainly because of ties between the ruling far-right Freedom Party and Russia, an Austrian opposition lawmaker said on Tuesday (9 April).
Global Europe 31-10-2018

Iranian spy service suspected of assassination plot in Denmark

Denmark said on Tuesday (30 October) it suspected an Iranian government intelligence service had tried to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure on its soil.
Global Europe 04-10-2018

Britain says Russian military intelligence behind host of global cyber attacks

Britain accused Russian military intelligence on Thursday (4 October) of directing a host of cyber-attacks aimed at undermining Western democracies by sowing confusion in everything from sport to transport and the 2016 US presidential election.
Global Europe 13-09-2018

Putin says men accused by UK over poisoning are ‘simple people’

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (12 September) Russia had found the two men accused by British prosecutors of trying to murder ex- Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain, but that there was nothing criminal about them.
Enlargement 12-09-2018

US defense chief to visit Macedonia, concerned about Russian ‘mischief’

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday (11 September) he would visit Macedonia before the 30 September referendum on changing the country's name, also expressing concern about suspected Russian interference in the vote, which Moscow denies.
Global Europe 06-09-2018

Britain charges two Russians for state-backed plot to kill Skripals

Britain charged two Russians in absentia on Wednesday (5 September) with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, and said the suspects were military intelligence officers almost certainly acting on orders from high up in the...
Politics 30-08-2018

Europe should counter Iran’s cyber espionage, infiltration, terrorism

The more discord persists in the West over the means of responding to Iranian covert operations, the more impact these operations will have, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
Global Europe 01-08-2018

Slovak president sees security risk in ‘Putin’s motorcycle club’ activity

Slovak President Andrej Kiska says a recently established base in his country for a Russian motorcycle club known for its allegiance to the Kremlin presents a security risk for the EU and NATO country.
Global Europe 24-04-2018

Chizhov: We have a smoking gun to expose fake accusations on Syria

One day ahead of the“Supporting the future of Syria and the region” conference in Brussels, Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov gave EURACTIV a wide-ranging interview on his country’s ever more complicated relations with the West.
Global Europe 10-04-2018

Erdogan vows to bring back Gülenists from abroad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday (9 April) his country is determined to continue the fight against what he calls the terrorist movement of Fethullah Gülen and bring home all “traitors” from abroad. 

Russia warns of reprisals if UK acts over spy attack

Russia warned Britain yesterday (13 March) to expect reprisals if it announces sanctions over the poisoning of a former double agent, as the US and other allies joined London in demanding answers on how a Soviet-designed nerve agent was used in the attack.
Global Europe 20-04-2017

Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to influence 2016 US election

A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 US presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former US officials told Reuters.
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