MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Monday that the West did not bring any concrete evidence to Russia‘s accusations of global cyber attacks.
For Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, these allegations of espionage against Moscow are diversionary tactics intended to distract attention from other problems in Europe.
In particular, the Dutch government has criticized Moscow for seeking to attack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), headquartered in The Hague, this year.
The Dutch ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday.
According to the head of the Dutch military intelligence service, General Onno Eichelsheim, four Russians who arrived in the Netherlands on April 10 were arrested at a hotel near the OPCW headquarters in possession of espionage equipment.
The OPCW was investigating the nature of the substance used the previous month to poison former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England.
The four Russians were then deported to Russia. They planned to visit a laboratory in Spiez, Switzerland, where the OPCW is analyzing samples of chemical weapons, General Eichelsheim added.
At a press conference in Moscow on Monday with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi, Sergei Lavrov said that the trip of the four Russian nationals to the Netherlands was a “routine” visit which at the time did not generate any complaint from the Dutch authorities.