Moscow pledges to provide tit-for-tat response to EU's cyber sanctions

Moscow pledges to provide tit-for-tat response to EU's cyber sanctions
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 The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed on Friday the European Union's cyber sanctions as groundless, threatening with retaliation, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"The decision of the Council of the EU to introduce unilateral restrictions against Russian, Chinese and North Korean citizens and entities causes bemusement and regret. Again, there is no evidence, everything is done under the invented pretext of involvement in some cyberattacks that took place in the past. The political motivation of the step is obvious ... The EU's unfriendly move will certainly not be left without a response. As we all know, diplomacy is all about reciprocity," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

On Thursday, the Council of the European Union announced it had coordinated the introduction of sanctions against Russian, Chinese and North Korean individuals and entities allegedly involved in cyber attacks, including those against the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and those conducted through malicious programs WannaCry, NotPetya and Operation Cloud Hopper. The sanctions envision assets freeze and ban on EU entry.

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