The older half-brother of tyrant Kim Jong Un, and once heir to the North Korean autocracy, Kim Jong Nam, was supposedly attacked yesterday morning by a young female assassin wearing hot pink leggings and an LOL branded t-shirt. Some reports state that poisoned needles and/or a poison soaked rag was used in the attack. The whole thing went down inside Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, in a merchant concourse on the terminal side of the security line.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) He said that the Federal Security Service (FSB) in 2016 prevented the activities of 53 staff employees and 386 agents.
“Operative information shows that the activity of foreign special services in Russia does not decrease. Last year, the activity of 53 staff employees and 386 foreign intelligence agents was terminated,” Putin said.
“It’s important to neutralize the attempts of foreign special services to gain access to classified data, first of all, with regard to military-technical potential of our country,” he emphasized.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) On January 17, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recounted during his big press conference several instances where Russian diplomats have been pressured by US intelligence services. He noted the growth of active attempts to recruit Russian diplomats over the past years, including an April 2016 incident in Washington involving a Russian Embassy minister counselor.
He said Russian diplomats saw attempts by US agents to recruit them spike last April. The Russian minister counselor was approached, Lavrov said, while another senior diplomat found $10,000 in cash and a note offering cooperation in his car.
“Provocative actions of the US security services toward our employees in the United States have unfortunately become common practice. It is not a secret that similar campaigns are being organized with US backing or by the US security services themselves in third countries,” Titov told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper. Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman said that US intelligence services undertook another attempt at recruiting a Russian diplomat on January 14, just a week before President Barack Obama’s departure from the White House. Russia will try to resolve the situation with access to two diplomatic real estate objects in Maryland and New York with the new US administration, Vladimir Titov said.
In December, then-US President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia, including the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York. It introduced new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities over Moscow’s alleged interference in the November US presidential election, which the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.
“Seeing as the decision of the former US leadership was clearly political, we shall try to resolve the situation in dialogue with the new authorities, but we do not rule out other options,” Titov told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.
The first deputy foreign minister stressed that the diplomatic property is legally immune and any attempts to confiscate it violate the international law.
“An attempt to confiscate our property seriously violates the international law and even the US national law. We are talking not only about the failure to comply with the Vienna Convention [on Diplomatic Relations] but an infringement of the private property rights,” Titov stressed.