Vucic orders military agency to probe potential spy scandal

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has ordered the Military Security Agency (VBA) to investigate a potential espionage scandal involving Russian spies recruiting Serbian agents, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic said Wednesday.

20 Novembar 2019 13:38

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has ordered the Military Security Agency (VBA) to investigate a potential espionage scandal involving Russian spies recruiting Serbian agents, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic said Wednesday.

"I have spoken with President Aleksandar Vucic, he has ordered the VBA to investigate the case. We still do not have all the information, but if this all turns out to be true, it will be a serious issue and a problem for us," Brnabic told Blic.

She said that Vucic, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Serbian Armed Forces, had called a meeting to reveal the results of the probe.

She said she expected to have the full information on Wednesday.

Earlier today, the Presidency of Serbia announced for Thursday a meeting between Vucic and Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, but it remains unclear who has initiated it and whether it is related to the case.

Blic has reported that a YouTube video published on November 17 showed Russian diplomat and military intelligence officer Georgiy Kleban handing money to a man alleged to be a senior Serbian official.

According to the report, the footage has been confirmed as authentic, including by Bulgarian investigative journalist Hristo Grozev.

Photo: Tanjug video, file


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