Russia’s intelligence activity in Germany has risen to the level of the Cold War, according to the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the German Constitution Thomas Haldenwang.
The head of the German secret service expressed his opinion in an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, published on Sunday, June 6, reports DW.
“The level reached has been known to us only since the Cold War,” he said, adding that Russian intelligence had a multifaceted interest in Germany “in virtually all areas of policy” – both foreign policy and arms policy, defense policy and EU policy. and, first of all, the policy of sanctions against Russia.
“Methods are becoming rougher and means are more brutal,” said Thomas Haldenwang, recalling the 2019 assassination of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin, which the Federal Prosecutor’s Office accuses Russian government agencies of. According to the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, using a large number of agents, Russia’s intelligence services are trying to “establish contacts among political decision-makers.”