Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab has condemned Russia’s “unacceptable cyber-attacks against Georgia” carried out in October 2019.
Calling the Russia’s military intelligence service - GRU's - "reckless and brazen campaign" of cyber attacks against Georgia "totally unacceptable", Secretary Raab said the UK will continue to counter its "menacing behaviour" together with allies.
The Russian government has a clear choice: continue this aggressive pattern of behaviour against other countries, or become a responsible partner which respects international law", Dominic Raab said.
The Foreign Office of the UK released a statement earlier today, reporting that together with Georgia and other international partners, they “have exposed" the responsibility of GRU for a number of significant cyber attacks against Georgia last year.
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It said, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) "assesses with the highest level of probability" that on October 28, 2019 the GRU carried out "large-scale, disruptive cyber-attacks", which are "part of Russia’s long-running campaign of hostile and destabilising activity against Georgia".
The UK is clear that the GRU conducted these cyber attacks in an attempt to undermine Georgia’s sovereignty, to sow discord and disrupt the lives of ordinary Georgian people", the statement reads.
The UK considers Georgia as its "strategic partner" and remains "unwavering in its support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity".
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani thanked Secretary Raab "for being so loud" in his condemnation of Russia’s disruptive cyber attack against Georgia.