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 US's intention to impose sanctions over Russian-orchestrated hacker attacks is provocation, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Krutskikh says

The threats to impose sanctions against Russia for cyber-attacks voiced by the U.S. are “provocation and nonsense.”

As reported by Censor.NET citing TASS news agency, this was stated by Russian President's Special Envoy, Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Andrey Krutskikh.

"The Russian authorities are in charge of taking decisions as for how to respond to the provocations. It is clear that all provocations will meet with response. We have our own leverage. Another thing that it is not our choice," he said.

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"We consider all these initiatives by individual senators to be nonsense and provocation. All these charges are unsubstantiated. We have received no statements or notes through formal channels," the official stressed.

"All of this suggests that the Americans fan [tensions] for the domestic audience. There is no other explanation, because if they have really been committed to resolve, clarify something, they would have used the appropriate existing mechanisms," Krutskikh noted.

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However, according to him, "the Americans are reluctant to slow down in bringing charges." "It depends on them how long they will keep accelerating and whether they will remember to slow down making sharp turns. But most importantly, this dangerous driving worsens the political climate," the official added.

Krutskikh stressed the need to reach agreements in this sector. "After all, if the cybersphere is so vulnerable that there are plenty of disguised threats, it is necessary to talk to the other party but not engage in unilateral accusations," he said.

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As reported, on Oct. 8, Republican Senator Cory Gardner, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity, said he planned to introduce sanctions legislation to counter Russian cyber-attacks.

 
 
 
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