Russia's Lavrov lashes out at Norway arrest of suspected spy
UNITED NATIONS (AP) â" Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is slamming Norway for arresting a Russian parliamentary official suspected of spying.
Lavrov called the espionage accusations âpropagandaâ and said âwe want to understand what happened with our citizen.â
Speaking on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Lavrov said Tuesday, âDo you realize he was invited by the Norwegian parliament? Norwegian hospitality.â
Mikhail Bochkarev was arrested Friday while attending a conference on strengthening cooperation between Europeâs parliamentary administrations. Moscow strongly denied the charges, calling it an example of âspy mania around Russiaâ and demanded his release.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the case wasnât political. Norwegian media reported that the man is a Russian parliamentary IT adviser whose behavior at the two-da y conference prompted parliamentary officials to contact the intelligence service.Source: Google News Norway | Netizen 24 Norway