The EU Will Target Russia And China With A Big Stick Of Sanctions, And Russia Responds Domineeringly: It Will Counteract Equally!
According to Russian media reports, the European Union recently announced that it will launch sanctions against individuals and entities suspected of engaging in cyberattacks threatening the European Union and its member states, such as Russia and China. Regarding the actions of the European Union, on July 31, local time, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the EU sanctions were groundless and Russia would take reciprocal measures to counteract it. In addition, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also stated: “We once again urge the EU to abandon its futile attempts to exert pressure, resume the implementation of the basic norms of international and European law, and truly (not by words but by deeds) formulate effective rules to prevent cyberspace. Conflict.” According to the EU’s previous statement, the sanctions are targeted at six individuals (four of them are Russian citizens) and three entities from Russia and other countries. According to the European Union, these sanctioned targets are suspected of using malware such as WannaCry, NotPetya, and Operation Cloud Hopper to launch cyber attacks. Regarding the conduct of the European Union, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated at a regular press conference on July 31 that we are deeply concerned about the EU's relevant statement and will pay close attention to relevant developments. At the same time, we have also noticed that the European side stated that relevant measures are not directed at any country. The traceability of cyber attacks is highly complex and sensitive, and the international community should resolve cyber disputes through dialogue and cooperation. He said that China hopes that the EU and its member states will make independent and rational judgments based on facts and refrain from resorting to punitive and confrontational measures. Otherwise, it will only intensify the tense confrontation in cyberspace and will not help maintain the security and stability of cyberspace.