'Now, it's the Netherlands' turn': Moscow slams 'anti-Russia campaign' after OPCW hacking claims
âNow, itâs the Netherlandsâ turnâ: Moscow slams âanti-Russia campaignâ after OPCW hacking claimsâ Get short URL The Netherlandsâ claims that four Russians targeted the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) back in April, are yet another part of the ongoing campaign against Moscow, top Russian officials have said.
âSynchronous reaction from the West â" apart from the UK Foreign Office, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg weighed in â" proves that weâre dealing not with a wild accident, but yet another part of a wide campaign,â chairman of the Russ iaâs Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kosachev, said in a Facebook post.Read more
Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld claimed that four Russian âintelligence officersâ were caught back in April while trying to âhackâ into the OPCW office in the Hague.
The Russians were expelled from the country on the same day and had their equipment and cash seized. NATO countries apparently produce new accusations against Russia in turns, a member of the Russian Senateâs Defense and Security Committee, Franz Klintsevich believes, and now Amsterdamâs turn has come.
âIt looks like NATO has set roles for the member countries in the ongoing psychological and information war a gainst Russia. Now, itâs the Netherlandsâ turn, and they played their role as they could,â Klintsevich said.
The claim, that Moscow targeted the OPCW office in the Hague, perfectly fits with the previous allegations, namely the Skripal saga and accusations against Syriaâs government of chemical warfare usage, the official added.
While the West, does not âeven bother to provide any evidenceâ to back up the accusations, producing more and more âliesâ actually does the trick.
âOne lie overlaps another, creating an illusion of truth,â Klintsevich said.
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The Netherlands claims might actually be âa populist attempt to jump on the hot media agenda,â head of the Lower House Committee for Information Policy and Communications, Leonid Levin, believes, given the string of âthe wildest accusat ions of cyberattacks and chemical weaponry usage against Russia.â But the way the Dutch authorities dealt with the alleged incident left the MP puzzled.
âCybercrimes, like any other crimes, if they are detected, require due legal steps, including detention and investigation, not immediate expelling, like it was claimed by the Dutch,â Levin said, adding that the decision to publicize the incident only six months after was quite strange as well.
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