The head of british diplomacy, Dominic Raab, said Sunday, “absolutely sure” of the involvement of Moscow in cyber attacks aimed at stealing research on a vaccine against the coronavirus, an action “reprehensible” denied by Russia.
The United Kingdom, the United States and Canada were accused Thursday a group of Russian hackers, operating ” almost certainly in the framework of the services information in Russian “, to be taken to organizations in british, canadian and american to steal their research in the development of a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2.
“We are absolutely certain that the intelligence agencies, russians were involved in a cyber attack (…) in order to sabotage or take advantage of the research and development on a vaccine, has assured Dominic Raab on the chain Sky News.
“At a time when the world comes together to try to counter the Covid-19, in particular in order to find a global solution to a vaccine, I think it is outrageous and reprehensible that the Russian government is involved in this activity “, he added.
“We will ask Russia to be accountable and ensure that everyone knows the nature of (his) behaviour “, he continued.
These accusations have been strongly denied by the Russian ambassador in London, Andrei Kelin.
“I do not believe this story, it makes no sense “, he stressed in an interview broadcast Sunday on the BBC, claiming to have heard for the first time of these hackers by the bias of the british media.
It is impossible to attribute acts of piracy in a particular country, he argued.
Andrei Kelin has also denied the claims of the british government according to which “Russian actors” have tried to disrupt the legislative elections of last December by circulating during the campaign documents on a possible trade agreement between London and Washington after the Brexit.
The relations between London and Moscow are at their lowest since the poisoning on british soil of the former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, in the city of Salisbury (south-west), which was awarded to Russia.
The latter had denied any involvement, but the case had resulted in a wave of evictions cross of diplomats between London and its allies, and Moscow.
The Russian ambassador has however assured that his country was willing to “turn the page” and to “do business” with the United Kingdom.