According to diplomats, the claims were specifically made six months later because of the upcoming conference on chemical weapons.
The Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the charges of the Netherlands in respect of four Russians who allegedly tried to gain access to materials on the crash of “Boeing” in Ukraine and were planning to hack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the charges are “another directing propaganda action” against Russia. The Foreign Ministry said that it “repeatedly” indicated to the Netherlands that the “anti-Russian espionage campaign” unleashed in the country was causing serious damage to bilateral relations.
According to the ministry, the Netherlands did not specifically publish the data received in April for six months to use it at the OPCW session. It will discuss the financing of the attribution mechanism of “assigning the guilty” to the use of chemical weapons. The Foreign Ministry believes that “the current informational stuffing is another stage in the formation of the” necessary “political background to push through this wrongful initiative.”
It is symptomatic that against the background of the paranoia intensified in the West over the past few years regarding “all-powerful Russian cyber spies”, which, according to the logic of Western politicians, live in “backward Russia”, any citizen of our country with a mobile device is perceived as a spy.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the mention of the MN17 catastrophe is “not by chance”. The ministry said that the Dutch side had “absolutely nothing to answer the facts about the nationality of the missile,” as well as other arguments of the Ministry of Defense. Earlier, the military department said that the missile that hit the liner belongs to Ukraine.
On October 4, the authorities of the Netherlands announced that in April four Russians were allegedly expelled from the country, allegedly serving in the GRU. They were suspected of trying to organize hacker attacks and steal materials about the crash of Boeing in Ukraine, as well as hack the Wi-Fi network of the OPCW.
At the press conference showed the documents of the Russians. As noted in the Bellingcat research group, the passport numbers of two out of four Russians differ by just one number. In addition, one of them found a check from a taxi from a building connected with the GRU to Sheremetyevo Airport. Later in the company Be Taxi confirmed the authenticity of the receipt.