Western diplomats in Brussels must watch where they go for meals and pastimes because the city is crawling with hundreds of Russian and Chinese agents, the EU security services warned.
There are “around 250 Chinese and 200 Russian spies” snooping around in the EU’s unofficial capital, Brussels, diplomats say, citing a warning they got from the European External Action Service (EEAS).
The same notice was also sent out to EU military officials. In order to avoid being targeted by Moscow or Beijing, the diplomats were strongly advised to stay out of certain parts of Brussels’ European Quarter where the majority of the key EU institutions are based, the paper wrote.
The ‘no-go’ places included a “popular” steakhouse and a café close to the Berlaymont building, which hosts the European Commission, and the EEAS HQ nearby.
According to the report, the Chinese and Russian ‘spies’ typically operate in their nation’s embassies and trade offices, but they aren’t the only problem – as the US, and even Moroccan agents, are said to be active in the Belgian capital as well.