Russian intelligence attempted to recruit diplomat from Ukrainian embassy

Russian intelligence attempted to recruit diplomat from Ukrainian embassy

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The officers of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) have secured a return of a Ukrainian diplomat, whom the Russian FSB tried to recruit, the press center of the SBU.

"Russian intelligence services used a classmate of the diplomat, with whom he studied at a Military School, and today he is a retired colonel of the Russian Armed Forces. The FSB pressed on him, held talks to appeal to the Ukrainian diplomat to agree with a confidential cooperation. The Russian intelligence offered to resolve the issue of the diplomat’s property privatization in temporarily annexed Crimea and assist with transportation of his family to Russia. They threatened him in case of refusal by setting conditions for mobilizing his son to the Ukrainian Armed forces to serve later in the zone of the antiterrorist operation. The SBU inspection excluded such a possibility by the Russian intelligence services," the report said.

The diplomat refused further contacts and discussions on the proposed "cooperation" after he was instructed by the Ukrainian counterintelligence.

"The SBU officers provided protection for the diplomat’s family who worked in encryption department and organized his return to Ukraine," the press center noted.

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