Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the recent anti-Russian statement by the Foreign Office

Question: How would you comment on today’s statement by the Foreign Office accusing Russia of worldwide cyber-attacks on massive scale?

Answer: This statement is reckless. It has become a tradition for such claims to lack any evidence. It is yet another element of the anti-Russian campaign by the UK Government. In December 2017 during the then-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to Moscow, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposed to launch expert consultations on cybersecurity in order to address UK’s concerns, if any. The offer was turned down. The only reasonable explanation is that UK has no facts for a substantive discussion.

Thus, such statements by the Foreign Office are nothing but crude disinformation, aimed at confusing the British and world public opinion. By the way, it is hardly a coincidence that these accusations appear exactly at the time of NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels and announcements of creating special cyber-attack military units in several Western countries.