Russian envoy at UN rejects allegation of espionage in Switzerland: ‘Absurd’


The allegations claiming that Russia’s spying activities in Switzerland’s territory are unfounded and appear to be politically motivated, Russia’s envoy to the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) Gennady Gatilov said on Sunday, citing accusations from a local newspaper.

“There are indeed many Russian Permanent Mission officials at the UN office in Geneva, which reflects the priority given to cooperation with the United Nations and its specialized agencies for Russia. We regard these allegations absurd and clearly politically motivated,” said Gatilov in a statement released on the official website of the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN.

On Sunday, the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger issued an article stating that a quarter of Russian diplomats in Switzerland were intelligence agents. The paper also stated that the Russian Permanent Mission in Geneva traditionally spied on the States, although it did not bring any evidence of the allegation.

The Russian embassy in Switzerland condemned the Tages-Anzeiger for spreading the article, which, according to the Russian diplomatic mission, was “characterized by lack of facts.”

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia would be ready to comment on the report as soon as it received facts to support the allegations.

This comes as a consistent pattern as Western states continually claim that Russia is meddling in their internal affairs, without providing any evidence. Such states include the United States, the United Kingdom and Greece. This latest claim by Switzerland further proves that the country, famed for its supposed neutrality in international events, is not a neutral state and serves interests of Western states.

Russia is growing global power, that is ending Western hegemony that is led by the United States. It is for this reason that Western powers continually target Moscow to try and limit its resurgence to create a multipolar world order alongside the rise of China.

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