Comment by Ambassador Vladimir Barbin on the PET's "Assessment of the espionage threat to Denmark"
13 January

Comment by Ambassador Vladimir Barbin on the PET's "Assessment of the espionage threat to Denmark"

On January 13 the PET has published "The Assessment of the espionage threat to Denmark". Russia is mentioned in this document. In this regard, the Russian Ambassador to Denmark Vladimir Barbin made the following comment:

"The activities of the Russian Embassy and other Russian representations in Denmark are carried out in strict accordance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.  Russia is interested in good relations with Denmark, and there are no other goals. 

The allegations of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service about the threat of Russian espionage should be solely considered as an operation to cover up the scandal with the Danish authorities having provided the US National Security Agency with access to communication cables that run through Danish territory.  As a result, not only European, but also Danish and Russian citizens could become objects of American surveillance. 

As for the allegation (which was mentioned in the PET report) about Russia's involvement into fabrication of a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greenland, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service did not provide any evidence.  They wouldn’t have been able to do it, because such an evidence does not exist. Russia has never sought to split relations between Copenhagen and Nuuk.  Provocative actions aimed at sowing mutual distrust, as well as setting one Arctic state against another are methods of the other capitals, but not Moscow. 

The Russian side has consistently been pursuing the course of cooperation with all neighbors in the Arctic region.  Apparently, not everyone is excited about that."