Russia: Dutch ambassador summoned to MFA over cyberattack allegations

Dutch Ambassador to Russia Renee Jones-Bos was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Moscow on Monday over what the MFA described as «the misinformation campaign launched in The Hague». The Netherlands expelled four Russian nationals in April over suspicion of their involvement in the alleged cyberattack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW... Еще) headquarters. Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten accused Russia's military intelligence agency, GRU, of trying to sabotage OPCW's work on investigations including on the downing of the MH17 jet and on the Salisbury nerve agent attack. In a press conference earlier on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the four men accused by the Dutch of spying were on «a routine visit» in The Hague. «They were detained, nothing was explained to them, they were not allowed to contact Russian representatives in our embassy in the Netherlands, they were just asked to leave,» the foreign minister said, adding he believed that it was a «misunderstanding.»

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