UK ac­cused by Rus­sia of ‘ag­gres­sion’

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY GAVIN COR­DON

RUS­SIA’S am­bas­sador has ac­cused Bri­tain of wag­ing an “ag­gres­sive anti-Rus­sian cam­paign”, leav­ing re­la­tions be­tween the coun­tries at a “very low level”.

In a lengthy press con­fer­ence at the Lon­don em­bassy, Alexan­der Yakovenko dis­missed claims of cy­ber at­tacks by the Rus­sian GRU mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence agency and in­volve­ment in the Sal­is­bury nerve agent in­ci­dent.

He said a four-man GRU team ac­cused by the Bri­tish and Dutch of try­ing to hack com­put­ers of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons in The Hague had sim­ply been in the city to con­duct rou­tine se­cu­rity checks at the Rus­sian em­bassy.

And he com­plained UK au­thor­i­ties were con­tin­u­ing to refuse to co-op­er­ate with Moscow over the probe into the at­tempted poi­son­ing of for­mer spy Sergei Skri­pal in Sal­is­bury and the mur­der in Lon­don of Rus­sian busi­ness­man Niko­lai Glushkov.

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