Comment by Foreign Ministry Official Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on threats by British media to launch a “cyber offensive” against Russia

Friday, 20 April 2018 05:49

We have paid attention to the accusations, which were made by British Home Secretary Amber Rudd at a cyber security conference in Manchester on April 11 which were caught up by the British media, that Russia was to blame for “systematic cyber attacks”. Calls were immediately heard from London for a tough response from Britain and the international community.

This is yet another provocative and proofless hit against Russia without any attempt to clarify the situation in contact with the Russian side. We regard the overhyped speculation as nothing more, nor less, than the intention of the British side to avoid any dialogue with us on this topic.

Let me remind you that we have repeatedly, at various levels, invited our British partners to hold bilateral interdepartmental consultations on international information security. Thus, a corresponding proposal was spelled out by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Moscow in December 2017.

We demand that the British side provide concrete evidence in support of the above-mentioned accusations. By the way, our embassy in London filed a formal request with the British Foreign Office through a diplomatic note. So far, there has been no reply.

The impression is that by pedalling the theme of the alleged “cyber threat from Russia”, the British Government is preparing its own population to the approval of a massive anti-Russian cyber attack by London, which, if it does take place, will be a really aggressive and absolutely unprovoked move.

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