Austria has long remained one of the few European countries with an independent course in relations with Russia, however, under pressure, it is being driven into a “common system” of Russophobes, Elena Panina, a member of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, told RIA Novosti, commenting on the information about the expulsion of the Russian diplomat from Austria.
The Russian diplomat must leave Austria by September 1 in connection with the espionage case, the Austrian newspaper Krone reported on Monday. The publication notes that Austria for the first time declared a Russian diplomat persona non grata. According to media reports, this is “the preliminary culmination of an espionage scandal, which the local authorities consider particularly serious.” The decision of the Austrian authorities is detrimental to constructive bilateral relations, a mirror reaction from Moscow will not be long in coming, the Russian Embassy in Austria told RIA Novosti.
According to Panina, the impression is that such scenarios are being played out in many European countries according to a certain template set from the outside, and all the messages about the expulsion of “Russian spies” seem to be copied or created by copy-paste.
“Until now, Austria remained one of the few European countries that allowed themselves an independent course in relations with Russia. However, today, under pressure from Washington and Brussels, they are being driven into a” common system, “Panina noted.
The MP added that even during the Cold War between the United States and the USSR, neutral Austria remained one of the few platforms where the dialogue between East and West never stopped.
“We can only regret that this diplomatic tradition is being canceled out today by Russophobia and spy mania,” Panina stated.