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UK, Germany discuss fresh sanctions against Russia

European countries are ready to increase sanctions against Moscow because of Russian hackers’ cyber-attacks
10:10, 7 October 2018

Reuters

The UK and Germany discuss the introduction of new sanctions against Russia due to the claims of the Netherlands about the attempts of Russian hackers to hack the servers of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Bloomberg reports.  

British Vice-Prime Minister David Lidington and Official Representative of Germany Steffen Seibert confirmed the talks on the increasing of anti-Russian sections. 

Related: Germany accuses Russian intelligence of massive cyber-attacks

Reportedly, the Netherlands reported on the prevention of Russian cyber-attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and accused the personnel of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of Russia of the attempting to steal the information from the international investigation of the MH17 tragedy. Minister of Defense of the Netherlands Ank Bijleveld published the photos of the suspected Russians and voiced their names: Alexey Morenets, Yevgeniy Serebryakov, Oleg Sotnikov, and Alexey Minin. 

Related: Netherlands accuse Russia of cyber-attack at OPCW

The attempt to carry out a cyber-attack at OPCW took place on April 13. On the same day, four Russians, GRU officers, were expelled from the country with the diplomatic passports. 

It was also reported that the British MFA accused the Russian GRU of the organization of “non-selective and desperate” cyber-attacks all over the world aimed against political institutions, business, media, and sports. Later, The United States Department of Justice accused the personnel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of carrying out cyber-attacks against FIFA, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), OPCW, chemical laboratories in the UK and Switzerland. The EU leaders also joined to the accusations.

Related: U.K. accuses Russia's GRU of organization of worldwide cyber-attacks

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