The daily Kronen Zeitung wrote that the diplomat, together with an Austrian citizen, had been spying for an Austrian high-tech company for years. The Austrian recently admitted to espionage, and the Russian diplomat – his commanding officer – is silent, according to media reports, by invoking his diplomatic immunity.
The Russian embassy in Vienna strongly protested against the expulsion of its worker. “We are outraged by this unsubstantiated decision of the Austrian government, it is damaging constructive Russian-Austrian relations. We are convinced that Moscow’s reciprocal step will not be long in coming, “the embassy said in a statement.
Neutral Austria maintains good relations with Russia. During the crisis over the poisoning of the former Russian agency Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain, for example, Vienna, as one of the few countries in the European Union, did not expel any Russian diplomats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl last year.