Russian Foreign Ministry has denied widespread allegations that it carried out a cyberattack against Georgia in October 2019, stating that ‘there is no evidence providing’ the country was involved, accusing Tbilisi, Washington, London and other states of ‘synchronized’, anti-Russian propaganda.
All accusations are again lined up in the spirit of the notorious ‘highly likely,” Russian Foreign Ministry says.
Russia states that ‘it is regrettable’ Georgia continues to ‘demonise Russia,’ and that it has ‘failed to learn the lesson’ from last year’s crisis in the country.
Russia's recent #cyberattack to cause destructive effects in #Georgia's sovereign territory demonstrates their desire to act without regard to international norms. This unlawful act must draw strong condemnation of International community https://t.co/o5LVHkYfvX— MFA of Georgia (@MFAgovge) February 20, 2020
All this additionally overshadow the already complicated bilateral relations. We are still convinced that overcoming the existing differences and continuing the normalization process meets the fundamental interests of the Russian and Georgian people. We understand that there are forces which do not want this,” the statement said.
Georgian Foreign Ministry stated yesterday that the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Main Center for Special Technologies carried out a ‘widespread, disruptive cyber attack’ against web pages and servers of Georgian governmental agencies, court and media organisations in October 2019.
Georgia urged the international community to give a ‘due assessment’ to the incident.
We stand with #Georgia in condemning Russia’s cyber attack against its people and institutions. Russia must immediately cease this behavior in Georgia and elsewhere. The stability of #cyberspace depends on the responsible behavior of all nations. https://t.co/4RnWrSOlBp— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) February 20, 2020
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo tweeted that ‘We stand with Georgia in condemning Russia’s cyber attack against its people and institutions. Russia must immediately cease this behaviour in Georgia and elsewhere. The stability of cyberspace depends on the responsible behaviour of all nations.”
Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab has also condemned Russia’s “unacceptable cyber-attacks against Georgia.”