An Italian captain was spotted handing over documents containing NATO military secrets in exchange for a payment of five thousand euros
A Italy dismantled on Tuesday night, 30, a scheme of espionage involving a Navy officer who was handing over secret documents to an employee of the Embassy of the Russia in Roma. The two were arrested shortly after they were caught during a clandestine encounter in a parking lot in the capital, in which the Italian captain would provide papers containing military secrets of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in exchange for five thousand euros. In addition, two Russian diplomats are being accused of being involved in the case and, as a result, were expelled from Italy on Wednesday, 31. The Italian authorities have not clarified whether the official responsible for receiving the documents is among those expelled. In any case, the local press is describing the incident as the most serious since the Cold War.
In response to the events, Russia said it regrets the expulsion of embassy officials and would make a new announcement about possible measures. However, the government of Vladimir Putin he said he hoped that the “positive and constructive nature” of the relationship with Italy would continue. In the international community, the case has raised concerns that Italy has become the stage for Russia’s illicit activities within the European Union. A Bulgaria had already expelled Russian officials on suspicion of espionage in early March and the Netherlands did the same in December 2020.