The United Kingdom on Thursday summoned the Russian ambassador to the country over Moscow’s “malign” behavior regarding cyber hacking and its military buildup along the Ukrainian border.
“The UK Government is deeply concerned about a pattern of malign behaviour by the Russian State. At today’s Summons, [Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office] Permanent Under Secretary Sir Philip Barton made clear the UK’s support for the actions announced by President Biden in response to Russia’s recent activity,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
The Foreign Office specifically cited evidence that showed Russia was behind the sprawling SolarWinds hack and spiking tensions with Ukraine, where officials fear that Russia’s military buildup may be preparation for an upcoming invasion.
“These activities are threatening and destabilising. Russia needs to cease its provocations and de-escalate tensions in line with its international obligations,” the department said.
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