Switzerland urges Russia to stop espionage activities in the country

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Swiss Foreign Ministry has summoned Russia’s ambassador in Bern three times this year to raise concerns
13:10, 17 September 2018

Peter Schneider

Switzerland’s Government urged Russian Federation to stop any espionage activities on its territory, as Reuters reports.

“The Swiss foreign ministry has summoned Russia’s ambassador in Bern three times this year to raise concerns about suspected operations targeting organizations based in Switzerland, including a laboratory used to test chemical weapons,” the news agency reads.

“The Swiss Dept. Of Foreign Affairs has called on Russia to immediately end illegal activities on Swiss soil or against Swiss targets,” the statement says.

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Moreover, Swiss Intelligence Agency stated that it worked with British and Dutch colleagues to foil the Russian plot which was supposedly aimed at the Swiss lab.

“Citing unnamed sources, the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger and the Dutch NRC Handelsblad said the suspected agents were heading for the Spiez laboratory near Bern which analyses chemical and biological weapons and tests nerve agents such as Novichok,” the news agency reads.

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Earlier the police of United Kingdom declare that they have identified perpetrators of the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

Later it was reported that there could be four more suspects in the Skripals case - apart from Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshyrov, whose names were revealed by the British counter-intelligence.

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As it was reported Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in British Salisbury. Later, Theresa May, British PM, stated that Russia was responsible for that, and the investigation has confirmed the use of the Novichok nerve agent, which is produced in Russia.

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