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Germany summons Russian envoy, seeks sanctions over hacking

Over a 2015 informatic attack on the German parliament

28 May, 17:28
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, MAY 28 - Germany's foreign ministry on Thursday called in the Russian ambassador to discuss possible sanctions against Moscow over a 2015 hacking attack on the German parliament, in an escalating diplomatic row.

"The Russian ambassador was informed that on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by the (German) federal prosecutor's office on May 5 against Russian national Dmitry Badin, that the German government will seek in Brussels to use the EU cyber sanctions regime against those responsible for the attack on the German Bundestag, including Mr Badin," the ministry said in a statement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament this month that Russia was targeting her in hacking attacks, saying she had concrete proof of the "outrageous" spying attempts and raising the possibility of sanctions. Berlin's intelligence services have repeatedly called out attempts by Russian hackers to spy on lawmakers or leading politicians. (ANSA-AFP). (ANSA).

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