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The Austrian Foreign Ministry will address Moscow with a request for stripping the Russian citizen detained last week on the suspicion of spying of diplomatic immunity
The Austrian Foreign Ministry will address Moscow with a request for stripping the Russian citizen detained last week on the suspicion of spying of diplomatic immunity. The Foreign Ministry claims Austria has very serious charges to make against the detained Russian. “Vienna had addressed the United Nations with a query and according to the reply it received the detained Russian enjoys diplomatic immunity,” the Austrian Foreign Ministry said. The Russian Foreign Ministry argues that the Austrian authorities have abused the 1946 convention on the privileges and immunities of the United Nations, which, among other things, stipulates that officials present at United Nations events as members of their countries’ delegations enjoy immunity from detention or arrest. Austria’s ambassador in Moscow, Martin Vukovic, has been invited to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he was notified of Russia’s strong protest against the arrest of the Russian citizen in Austria on far-fetched charges. The man – an employee of the federal space agency Roskosmos – was a member of the Russian delegation at the session of the UN space commission. “This step by the Austrian side is regarded as an unfriendly one and harming bilateral relations,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “In that connection it is quite obvious that this incident by no means contributes to Austria’s reputation as the host country of a number of organizations within the United Nations system.” “The Austrian side was addressed with another demand for the immediate release of the detained Roskosmos official and for giving him a chance to return home,” sources at the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
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