The British Foreign Ministry summoned a Russian ambassador on Thursday for a cyberattack on Russia’s west and strengthening its military force near the Ukrainian border.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said: The United Kingdom and the United States are calling for malicious action in Russia, enabling domestic international partners and businesses to better defend and prepare for this type of action.
The United Kingdom and the United States today have exposed Russia for carrying out a SolarWinds cyberattack. We continue to call for Russia’s malicious and unstable behavior. https://t.co/lcafeGXOXn
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) April 15, 2021
“The UK will continue to work with its allies to call for Russia’s malicious actions where we see it.”
Previously the British Government Said The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) was behind a series of cyber intrusions, including a breach of SolarWinds.
The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), a branch of the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency, has concluded that SVRs are likely to have gained unauthorized access to SolarWinds “Orion” software and committed subsequent intrusions.
“The British government is deeply concerned about the patterns of malicious behavior by the Russian state.” Said A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Agency (FCDO).
Foreign Ministry Executive Secretary Philip Burton has revealed to the Russian ambassador that Britain is in favor of the actions announced by the US government, a spokesman said.
Earlier Thursday, the Biden administration imposed sanctions on six Russian companies supporting the country’s cyber activities, and 32 individuals were also sanctioned.
The US government has also expelled 10 Russian diplomats, including representatives of Russian intelligence.
Sir Philip also expressed British concern over the strengthening of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border and the illegally merged Crimea.
Both Ukraine and the West have warned of the concentration of troops along Russia’s western border. This is an accumulation that the United States and NATO have stated to be the largest since 2014.
“These activities are threatening and volatile,” said a spokesman. “Russia needs to stop its provocation and ease tensions in line with its international obligations.”
More than 14,000 people were killed in a seven-year battle between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops that erupted after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Efforts to reach a political solution have been stalled, and volatile ceasefire violations have become more and more frequent in recent weeks.
Jack Phillips and The Associated Press contributed to this report.