16 Oct 2018 17:11

Russian Foreign Ministry dismisses claims of cyber war between Russia, Netherlands

MOSCOW. Oct 16 (Interfax) - Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has rejected statements made in The Hague that Russia is waging a cyber war against the Netherlands.

"Apparently, this is a war where the aggressor did not show up," Zakharova said on NTV, emphasizing that the Russian side "is unaware of the fact that we were, are, or will be in a cyber war with the Netherlands."

Russia's plans with respect to the country have been of a different kind: "forging genuinely friendly, mutually beneficial, and mutually respectful ties," she said.

In the history of Russian-Dutch relations, Russia "has many times given cause to be truly looked at as a mutually beneficial partner," Zakharova said.

"It is absolutely impossible to understand what makes the Netherlands agree to be used as an instrument in an anti-Russian political game. This brings no benefit to the people of the country, this is no good for the Netherlands, as part of the big European family, this is just no good for them," she said.

On October 14, Dutch Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld agreed with the view that her country is currently in "a cyber war" with Russia.