Two Russians and one Ukrainian arrested after Albanian ‘spying raid’

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wo Russians and a Ukrainian had been arrested for trying to enter a navy base and arms manufacturing facility in southern Albania, the nation’s protection ministry stated on Saturday.

A Russian man recognized solely as M.Z., 24, was detained after coming into the plant’s grounds in Gramsh, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the capital, Tirana, and taking pictures, the ministry stated in an announcement.

Two navy guards had been injured by a “neo-paralyzing spray” utilized by the Russian man whereas resisting arrest, it stated.

One other Russian lady, S.T., 33, and a Ukrainian man, F.A,. 25, had been arrested outdoors the advanced and their car was blocked, the ministry stated.

“Three residents with Russian and Ukrainian passports tried to enter the manufacturing facility,” the ministry stated in an announcement.

“The officers who had been guarding the plant reacted instantly, however throughout their efforts to cease the three international nationals, two of our troopers had been injured.”

The 2 military guards injured by the spray had been taken to a navy hospital for medical care.

The Gramsh navy plant opened in 1962 to provide AK-47, or Kalashnikov, rifles. After the autumn of communism in 1990 it stopped manufacturing and as a substitute started to dismantle previous Kalashnikovs and different small weapons. It additionally repairs different military weapons.

“What pleasure for the navy guards who neutralized three people suspected of espionage,” Prime Minister Edi Rama wrote on Twitter, including: “Now let’s await the total clarification of this occasion.”

Albania, a NATO member since 2009, has strongly renounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has joined European Union and US sanctions towards Moscow.


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