Russian Foreign Ministry Responds to Georgia's Statement on Cyberattack

The Russian Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Department has responded to the statement issued by the Georgian authorities on a large-scale cyberattack.

“Regarding allegations by the Georgian authorities, the United States, the United Kingdom and a number of European countries about 'Russia’s' large-scale cyberattacks against Georgian internet sites, servers and operating systems, we would like to emphasize the following: this is the dissemination of clearly staged and politically motivated information.

"There is not, and cannot be, any evidence of Russian officials' participation in harmful activities in Georgia's electronic networks. This is synchronized propaganda organized by Washington, London, Tbilisi and others. It took four months to identify the 'Russian' incident, which allegedly took place on October 28 last year. All allegations remain based on the 'highly likely' principle.

"Unfortunately, Georgia does not want to give up the trend of demonizing Russia and to learn a lesson from last year's crisis. All of this further aggravates the already complicated bilateral relations. We remain convinced that overcoming disagreements and continuing the process of normalization is in the best interests of the Georgian and Russian people. We understand that there are forces that do not want it at all," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

The Foreign Ministry of Georgia reported yesterday that the investigation conducted by the Georgian authorities, together with information gathered through cooperation with partners, had established that a cyber-attack was planned and carried out on 28 October 2019 by the Main Division of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

By Ana Dumbadze 

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