Two Russians and a Ukrainian were arrested while trying to enter a military plant in central Albania, the Reuters news agency reported on Aug. 20.
According to the Albanian Defense Ministry, two of its soldiers were injured during the incident.
The perpetrators tried to enter the Gramsh plant in central Albania, which currently provides manufacturing services for the defense industry. Under communism, the plant produced AK-47 assault rifles.
The defense ministry said one of the arrested, identified only as a Russian national M.Z., 24 years old, entered the plant’s territory and was trying to take photos. He used a kind of spray against soldiers while trying to escape after being stopped by guards, causing injuries to their eyes.
Two others, a Russian woman identified as S.T., 33, and a Ukrainian man F.A., 25, were also arrested in the vicinity. The three individuals are “suspected of espionage.
Albania is a member of the NATO defense alliance, which it joined in 2009.
Bulgarian prosecutors have said Russian agents were most likely involved in attacks on four weapons and ammunition facilities in the EU between 2011 and 2020, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
The attacks were conducted in order to cut off the supply of ammunition to both Georgia and Ukraine, Bulgarian prosecutors said.
Russia launched ongoing wars in Georgia in 2008, and in Ukraine in 2014.