On Wednesday, August 11, Germany announced the arrest of a United Kingdom embassy staffer in Berlin for spying for Russia. There is a risk of poisoning the already tense relations between these two countries and Moscow.
57-year-old British national, David S. “Sent to a representative of the Russian intelligence” A document, “He received during his duties at the embassy”, The German Federal Attorney’s Office said. It “Received an undeclared amount of cash in exchange for information exchange”, He added in a statement.
The arrests were made in Potsdam, southwest Berlin. This is, according to the British Police, a “Joint Inquiry” With German authorities.
The respondent was hired by the embassy of his country, which was not mentioned at the time. “He is strongly suspected of having been active since November 2020.” For the benefit of Russian intelligence, according to the case, it refers “His apartment and his place of work were searched”.
“Intelligence of a close associate” Germany within NATO, and this “In German territory (…) Something unacceptable “, A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry responded.
The case has been implicated in a number of cases in which British and German officials have accused Russia and its intelligence services. Relations between London and Moscow are very limited, in particular Novichok poison, A neurotoxic product developed for military purposes during the Soviet era, Former dual agent Sergei Skribal It took place in 2018 in Amesbury, England.
The Kremlin has always refused
The Kremlin has always denied any involvement, but the affair has led to a wave of diplomatic outbursts between London and its allies, on the one hand, and Moscow on an unprecedented scale since the end of the Cold War.
In Germany, the Kremlin is responsible for the isolation of spy cases. Recently, German justice announced at the end of June the arrest of a Russian scientist working at a university and suspected of spying for Moscow.
But above all attempts to poison the enemy Alexei Navalny in August 2020, Moscow was blamed by the West for this, which greatly contributed to the poisoning of German-Russian relations. In a coma, Mr. Navalny was rushed to a Berlin hospital German doctors diagnosed the poison with a substance similar to novichok.
Elsewhere in Europe, in early spring, Italy announced the expulsion of two Russian officers after an Italian naval officer handed over confidential documents to a Russian serviceman. Several Russian diplomats accused of spying from Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Austria, France and the Czech Republic have been expelled in recent months. Each time, Moscow responded by denouncing the unsubstantiated allegations “Rusophobes”.