Nation is being used by NATO to distribute digital weapons without any oversight, senior diplomat says
Ukraine poses a global challenge to the international community as the country is used by NATO as a vehicle for the uncontrolled sharing of cyber weapons, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said on Wednesday.
Speaking to RIA Novosti, Syromolotov said the “The threats posed by Ukraine in the information space are universal in nature.”
He added that the US-led military bloc “essentially distributes digital weapons in an uncontrolled manner” through Ukraine.
These activities could trigger “unforeseeable consequences for all members of the international community”, warned the Deputy Foreign Minister. “Today it’s Russia that’s in the crosshairs, and tomorrow it might be any other state that Washington doesn’t like.”
Syromolotov did not specify what type of weapons he meant, but noted that after Russia began its military operation in the neighboring state in late February, it faced “unprecedented external aggression in the information space”, the number of cyberattacks against Russia increasing by up to 80%. Earlier, he claimed that these attacks came mainly from the EU and North America.
In October, he said the US Department of Defense and the National Security Agency (NSA) were encouraging “Russophobia” among international hackers while leveraging the private sector, including tech giant Microsoft, to “implement their aggressive plans.” The US-based company has committed more than $400 million to support Kyiv.
In early August, Syromolotov also claimed that the United States and its allies had admitted to creating a volunteer post. “The IT Army of Ukraine” to attack Russian infrastructure. It came after General Paul Nakasone, the head of the US Cyber Command, confirmed that Washington had “carried out a series of operations” in support of kyiv, including offensive, defensive and information operations.
In September, the Washington Post revealed that the United States had developed a network of fake social media accounts to wage psychological and informational warfare and spread pro-Western narratives. He is said to have deployed hundreds of accounts over the past five years, to advance “anti-Russian narratives”.