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A senior Austrian military officer believed to have spied for Moscow for decades has been arrested, a spokesman for Salzburg prosecutors told Austria’s press agency APA.

The retired officer was arrested in Upper Austria on Friday and is being questioned, the spokesman said.

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Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who governs in coalition with the far-right and pro-Moscow Freedom Party, on Friday announced that a retired colonel was believed to have spied for Moscow from the 1990s until this year.

Prosecutors are considering requesting pre-trial detention after the interrogation.

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