Certain EU member countries offer to impose sanctions against Russian individuals who are behind cyber attacks on the United States. The proposals come as the EU expresses solidarity with the US, says a diplomatic source in the permanent mission of one of the EU countries in Brussels; TASS quoted the interlocutor.
"After the release of the recent package of U.S. sanctions, the EU assumes introduction of limited sanctions against Russian nationals involved in the cybernetic attacks", the interlocutor said.
According to him, European countries also felt the consequences of Russian cyber attacks on the software developed by American company SolarWinds Corp. The Pentagon believes it was the Russian Federation that designed and conducted the assault.
Some EU member countries already make "black lists" of people who could face sanctions for these attacks.
According to the source, these lists may be discussed during the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of EU member countries on April 19. These offers should be well-reasoned so that these restrictions cannot be appealed against in the European Court of Justice.
In March, some 40 German MPs of the Bundestag and landtags (local parliaments) suffered consequences of a new cyber attack that presumably came from Russia.
Last July, the European Council imposed sanctions against six foreign citizens (four Russians and two Chinese) and two organizations for hacker attacks; it was the first such occasion, though the legal framework regarding the sactions for cyber attacks was approved back in 2017.