The Russians are all potential spies

The Russians are all potential spies
The Russians are all potential spies

Both Federal Chambers decided that the Federal Council must systematically expel embassy employees who engage in espionage activities. The Russians are targeted in particular by this motion, which was tabled in the context of the war in Ukraine.

Three weeks before the peace summit in Ukraine, scheduled for June 15 and 16 at Bürgenstock, a decision by the Swiss Parliament shows its distrust of Vladimir Putin’s regime.

We remember that in 2017, the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Confederation, with the approval of the Federal Council, opened an investigation against two alleged Russian spies suspected of having carried out a cyberattack against the World Anti-Doping Agency and of having taken an interest in too close to the Spiez Laboratory.

This incident caused a quarrel between Switzerland and Russia. The thunderous Sergei Lavrov had put Ignazio Cassis back in place: the Russians have no spies. To assert this was an unfriendly gesture!

Today, we are no longer really friends with the Russians, but their diplomats are still in Switzerland. And none have been publicly worried since. According to figures published on Sunday by the press, their staff numbers 217 collaborators, a third of whom are suspected of espionage by the Federal Intelligence Service. In reality, they are all a bit suspect since Putin declared Switzerland a hostile country.

The Russians are not invited to the Bürgenstock, but they will certainly be able to count on a nest of spies to find out what is being said there. And no one can stop them. Moreover, the Russians say they already know the content of the final document which will be signed at the end of the meeting on June 15 and 16. Good spies are always one step ahead. The Swiss Parliament’s motion will not change much.

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