Russian Envoy Denies Moscow Helped Hackers Target Virus Vaccine

Russia’s ambassador to London has denied accusations by Britain and its allies of helping hackers target labs conducting coronavirus vaccine research, in a UK television interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

Andrei Kelin said the allegations Thursday by Britain, the United States and Canada that a hacking group called APT29 was behind the online attacks, and “almost certainly” linked to Russian intelligence, made “no sense.”

“I don’t believe in this story at all, there is no sense in it,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, adding he had learned about the hacking collective’s existence from British media reports.

“In this world, to attribute any kind of computer hackers to any country, it is impossible.”

Kelin, who was appointed Moscow’s top envoy in Britain last November, also rejected a separate claim by London that “Russian actors” sought to disrupt last year’s UK general election.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Thursday the perpetrators had circulated leaked trade documents between Britain and the United States, in a bid to sow greater division in the contest.

“I do not see any point in using this subject as a matter of interference,” Kelin said.

“We do not interfere at all. We do not see any point in interference… we will try to settle relations and to establish better relations than now.”

Russia and Britain have been at loggerheads since Moscow was accused of trying to kill double agent Sergei Skripal with a powerful military-grade nerve agent in 2018.

The attack in Salisbury, southwest England, came 12 years after the radiation poisoning of former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London.

Again, Russia has denied involvement and Kelin said the country is ready to move on from the controversies.

“We are prepared to turn the page and we are prepared to do business with Britain,” he added.

(c) The Moscow Times

7 comments

  • “We do not interfere at all. We do not see any point in interference… we will try to settle relations and to establish better relations than now.”

    Too late! That ship sailed a long time ago. No doubt this creep is expecting the report from the UK intelligence to be released this week, and no doubt the cries of where is your evidence, followed by the cries of the evidence is fake, when produced.

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  • Russia admits its behind these attacks as well, no news.

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  • As always, a denial from crud like this is confirmation of guilt.
    “We are prepared to turn the page and we are prepared to do business with Britain,” he added.”
    I bet you are, you bastard.

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    • Sounds like a reset button. I hope the UK don’t fall for this BS, and come down hard on the terrorists.

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    • Just reading the article on the BBC website. He comes out with this statement. Seems murder is OK if it’s spies that are being murdered.

      “We still do not understand why some spy story should disrupt these important business relations which will be very helpful to Britain… when it is exiting from the European Union.

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  • By the way, i checked yesterday my blocked ‘russian” friends……………big surprise, they are all gone. I just only blocked..300 persons I geuss in a few years. Only 10 left……………….hahahaha.
    That’s no coincidence anymore, they were all trolls.
    Now probable working on under another name.

    Funny, most of them had super-fake English names. Like Jacky Jones or so,

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