Serbia's secret service confirms man on video is Russian spy

Serbia's secret service confirms man on video is Russian spy

Serbia's secret service confirms man on video is Russian spy Izvor: N1

Serbia's civilian secret service, Security-Information Agency BIA, confirmed the authenticity of a video showing Russian military main intelligence directorate (GRU) officer Colonel Georgy Viktorovich Kleban passing on money to a man allegedly Serbia's agent, media reported on Wednesday.

BIA's chief of analytics Relja Zeljski told the state RTS TV it was "undoubtedly established that the Russian intelligence officer is seen in the video."

Asked if the other man was a BIA agent or an officer of other intelligence agency or an official of any state institution, Zeljski avoided a direct answer, saying that right now he "wouldn't expand the story."

"Our agencies, both civilian and military, are working on all circumstances in this case and Serbia's President (Aleksandar Vucic) will give further details about the issue after the National Security Council's session due on Thursday," he said.

He added it was "crucial to say that the subversive intelligence operations in Serbia which are going on shouldn't be linked exclusively to the Russian Federation. On the contrary, other great powers, like the US, Great Britain and France, but also the regional players, to mention only Croatia and Albania, are very active in achieving their interests. That is always expected in international relations and politics," Zeljski told RTS.

He added that BIA and Military Security and Counter-Intelligence Agency, VBA, were working hard in this case and that they were professional, responsible and on time.

Zeljski said Vucic would talk about the details of the measures the state would take on the political level.

On November 18, Radio Free Europe (RFE) reported that the video was published on the YouTube channel a day before and that it showed a meeting of two men at a parking lot. A man, described as "Russian agent," gave a plastic bag to "Serbia's agent" with an envelope with money in it.

RSE said Kleban was an assistant to the defence envoy at the Russian embassy in Belgrade until June 2019.        

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