"Of course, the unfriendly action of the EU will not be left unanswered. As you know, everything is mirror-image in diplomacy," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
As follows from the message, Russian diplomacy was perplexed and regretted by the decision taken by the Council of the European Union on July 30 to introduce unilateral restrictive measures against a number of citizens and structures of Russia, as well as the PRC and the DPRK.
The Russian Foreign Ministry considers the accusations by the European Union of hacker attacks to be unsubstantiated, far-fetched and absolutely illegitimate from the international legal point of view.
Russian diplomats called on the European Union to abandon attempts to pressure and return to the implementation of the basic norms of international and European law, as well as the development of effective rules for preventing conflicts in cyberspace.
On July 30, it was reported that the European Council, for the first time in history, imposed sanctions against foreign citizens and organizations for hacker attacks and involvement in them.
The restrictive measures apply to six persons and three organizations. That includes four citizens of Russia (Alexey Morenets, Yevgeny Serebryakov, Oleg Sotnikov and Alexey Minin) and the main center of special technologies of the Russian Armed Forces, as well as two citizens of China, two organizations associated with both this country and DPRK.
Legislation providing for the possibility of imposing sanctions for cyberattacks was adopted in the EU back in 2017.