"We are a country that has good contacts with Russia, we are aimed at dialogue, it will not change in the future. But when we have suspicions of espionage, we will always clearly criticize and prevent this," Kurz told reporters.
He said the spying scandal involving a retired Austrian colonel would not improve the EU-Russia relations, but added that peace in Europe was only possible with Russia.
The Austrian Chancellor has noted that there were no plans to send out Russian diplomats over suspected spying for Russia by a retired officer.
"EU-Russia ties are regularly discussed at EU meetings and this debate belongs there. Austria will not take any unilateral steps in this regard," he told reporters.
Reacting to the situation, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen asked to not dramatize the events and said that the incident would not jeopardize relations with Moscow in the long run.