Russia has expanded the black list of people who are prohibited from entering the country – it includes representatives of the leadership of the security and intelligence structures of Germany, TASS reports with reference to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The measures were a response to EU sanctions due to the alleged presence of a “Russian trace” in the hacking of the computer systems of the Bundestag in 2015.
The Russian foreign ministry stressed that in the event of a continuation of the confrontational line on the part of Berlin, Moscow reserves the right to further response measures.
The Foreign Ministry added that Russia has repeatedly offered Germany to hold bilateral expert consultations, but the German authorities ignored these initiatives. According to Moscow, this indicates a lack of real interest in Berlin in the investigation of the so-called Russian hacker case. “The whole situation was initially designed as another provocation against our country,” the Russian ministry is sure.
Earlier, the EU and Britain imposed restrictions on two Russians, including the head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Igor Kostyukov, and a certain “85th Main Center of Special Services of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”, allegedly responsible for the cyber attack on the Bundestag in 2015 year.