The Russian spy chief assures that the defecting pilot killed in Spain was a “traitor” | EUROtoday

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The head of the Russian Foreign Espionage Service, Sergui Narishkinmentioned immediately that Maxim Kuzmnov, the Russian pilot who defected in a helicopter to Ukraine and was murdered in Spain, was a “traitor.”

“This traitor and criminal became a moral corpse the moment he planned his dirty and terrible crime,” mentioned Narishkin, in accordance with the official Russian company RIA Nvosti. Narishkin added: “In Russia it is often said: either one speaks well about the dead or one does not speak at all.”

When Russian public tv reported on the desertion in October, the reporter introduced that the order to liquidate the pilot had already been given.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, assured for his half throughout his every day phone press convention that he’s not conscious that the Spanish authorities knowledgeable Moscow about what occurred. Furthermore, they specify that Kuzmnov's dying “is not an issue” on the Kremlin's agenda.

Kuzmnov was shot to dying on February 13 in a storage in an urbanization in Villajoyosa (Spain). Although the documentation discovered for the deceased doesn’t correspond to that of Kuzmnov, as a result of he confirmed that he was a 33-year-old Ukrainian, the sources consulted by Efe clarified that he’s the pilot who abandoned from the Russian troops.

This Monday the Ukrainian media Kyiv Post additionally reported that the consultant of the Ukrainian navy intelligence (GUR), Andr Yusovconfirmed the dying of the pilot, though he didn’t point out the place the place the physique was discovered.

A GUR supply informed one other Ukrainian media, Ukrainska Pravda, that the pilot was shot to dying and {that a} burned-out automotive was discovered close to his dwelling that would have been utilized by the murderers, the latter excessive coinciding with what occurred in Spain as a result of shortly after the car supposedly utilized by the attackers was discovered on hearth. in his escape. According to the GUR, Kuzmnov had determined to go reside in Spain as a substitute of staying in Ukraine.

The Russian's defection grew to become recognized in September of final 12 months when the Ukrainian GUR revealed some photographs wherein the pilot, who was then 28 years outdated, defined how he was contacted by enemy navy intelligence, which provided him to affix the Ukrainian facet. cash trade and safety.

Call to the Russian ambassador

The information of Kuzmnov's homicide was recognized on the identical day that the Spanish Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador in Madrid, Yuri Klimenkoin relation to the dying in custody of the opponent Alexei Navalny, which occurred final Friday in circumstances but to be clarified.

The summons of an envoy is the diplomatic instrument to convey to a different nation the discomfort with a sure concern and is normally the earlier step to the decision for consultations of the personal ambassador, a way more forceful step.

Already on Friday, after studying of Navalny's dying in custody, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, requested Russia for “clarification of the circumstances of his death, which occurred during his unjust imprisonment for political reasons.”

Spain thus emulates the gesture that has additionally been adopted by each Germany as Finlandthe place the Russian ambassadors had been summoned to the Foreign Ministry.