The Russian foreign Ministry explained the purpose of the equipment that was seized from the Russians in the Netherlands. According to the Ministry, the technical means intended for the testing of information systems of the Russian Embassy in the Hague.
“Confiscated from the Russian representatives of the technical means intended for the testing of information systems of the embassies in the interests of security analysis of computer networks in connection with the become frequent attempts of cyberpromote in Russian state institutions, — said the “Interfax” in the Department. — It was completely open and on a routine business trip. Daily activities of the Russian diplomatic missions abroad provide various government agencies and departments, including the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation. A process that involves only specialized and certified structures.”
The foreign Ministry also confirmed the presence of expelled from the Netherlands Russians ‘ diplomatic passports.
“The members of the group, as is often used in international practice, had a diplomatic passport. Russian representatives at the airport were met by Embassy staff (namely, assistant to the Ambassador), which later, after checking in the hotel took them to the territory of the diplomatic mission. Later one of them visited rbns (Russian foreign office — approx. ed.) to solve the current questions of activity”, — said the Agency. They also added that the Dutch side did not show formal charges against the expelled Russians during their detention.
“They just seized equipment, including mobile phones, thereby depriving them of the ability to quickly contact the Embassy said in depodesta. Was rejected and direct requirement to notify the events of the Russian diplomatic mission. Moreover, our experts had removed all personal belongings, including credit cards and money. Then they were escorted on the next flight to Moscow.”
Earlier, the Minister of defence of the Netherlands ANK Bijleveld announced that the Dutch secret services with the support of the British colleagues were able to prevent a hacker attack four Russians to the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW). Among the targets of hackers has been named the data on the investigation of poisoning in Salisbury, and the crash of an airliner MH17 in 2014 in Eastern Ukraine.
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