Rome resisting E.U. on cyberattack sanctions
Italy is resisting a European Union push to impose sanctions on states that carry out cyberattacks, a move that appears in line with Rome’s calls to de-escalate tensions with Russia but that could alienate it from its E.U. allies.
Diplomats said the sanctions plan is meant to strengthen E.U. defenses and deterrence against cyberattacks, in particular from Russia, which has been at the center of allegations of elections meddling in various Western states in recent months as well as security breaches conducted through electronic means.
But Italy has opposed the idea of a new penalty regime, a confidential E.U. document seen by Reuters shows. The plan has broad support among E.U. states except for Italy, according to the document.
Italy has repeatedly urged relaxing sanctions against Russia, which has been the target of a range of E.U. penalties since the Ukraine crisis.