Lavrov slams West’s ‘loudspeaker diplomacy’ tactics after Austria claims it uncovered a ‘Russian spy’

Sergey Lavrov lashed out at Western “loudspeaker diplomacy” after Austria said it exposed a retired military officer as a “Russian agent” who gathered data on the country’s army for years. “I’ve learned about it right away … and, frankly speaking, I was unpleasantly surprised by the news,” Russian Foreign Minister said. At any rate, Vienna should have used other ways of delivering the espionage allegations, the top diplomat argued. However, that is a strategy known to Moscow, as Western powers increasingly tend to use “loudspeaker diplomacy” to publicly blame Russia for “an issue that we know nothing of.”

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