Increase in Russian sanctions against Germany

Russia on Tuesday targeted more German officials in response to EU sanctions, Eqtesad News reported, quoting RFE / RL.

“In response to the EU’s destructive actions, Moscow has decided to increase the list of German citizens who are not allowed to enter Russian territory,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, citing unnamed figures.

According to Moscow, these people are “high-ranking officials of the German security and intelligence services who work in the German Ministry of Defense.”

“If the German authorities maintain a view of confrontation, we also reserve the right to retaliate,” the statement said.

Moscow’s response to EU sanctions in October targeted the director of Russia’s military intelligence service and another Russian. These Russian citizens were involved in a cyber attack that targeted the German parliament in 2015.

The cyber-attack also targeted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the French television network TV5. The hackers also managed to access the personal data of German Chancellor Angela Merkel from 2012 to 2015. In May, Merkel assured that she had access to “tangible evidence” that Russian forces were involved in the hacking.

Russia, which has denied any wrongdoing, accused Berlin on Tuesday of “making excuses” for imposing sanctions.

Russia has never shown serious interest in investigating so-called Russian hackers, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. These are new provocative accusations against our country.