RUSSIA (OBSERVATORY) – The Russian embassy in London said Russia was not planning any cyber attacks against Britain and Moscow was waiting for the same assurances from London. Moscow has suggested to London more than once the establishment of bilateral mechanisms for cooperation in information security, but Britain has ignored them.
A spokesman for the Russian embassy in London told reporters on Monday that accusations against Russia about cyber attacks were an example of “reckless, provocative and unjustified London policy” toward Moscow.
“In December 2017, during a visit by British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov offered to start a number of proposals to the United Kingdom at various levels on the establishment of bilateral mechanisms for cooperation in the field of information security. Serious dialogue on this issue and unfortunately, the British side ignored all our proposals.”
The spokesman pointed to the fact that in the past few days, began warnings about cyber threats by Russia against Britain appear in the British media.
“In recent days we have repeatedly noted warnings that Britain should prepare for an inevitable electronic attack from Russia in retaliation for the air strikes in Syria and the incident in Salisbury,” the press secretary said, recalling statements by the British authorities about alleged cyber threats to Russia,” he said.
“We view these accusations and speculations as a vivid example of provocative and unjustified policy against Russia, and we are disappointed by the fact that such serious statements are being published without any evidence and without any attempts by the UK to clarify the situation in the first place with Russia”.