TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Russia’s Foreign Ministry is reportedly set to summon the Dutch ambassador to Moscow in connection with the Netherlands’ accusations of an attempted cyber attack by Russian nationals.
“Due to the campaign of disinformation carried out in The Hague the Dutch ambassador will be summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Monday,” Russian media cited a source as saying.
The Netherlands announced on Thursday it had expelled four “agents” with the Russian military intelligence agency (GRU) back in April for an attempt to hack into the headquarters of the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The suspected GRU agents were traveling in the Netherlands on Russian diplomatic passports.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also commented on the issue on Monday, saying documents presented by the Netherlands on the matter were not proof of Moscow’s involvement.
At the time of the alleged cyber attack attempt, the OPCW had been investigating an incident related to a former Russian spy -- Sergei Skripal, and his daughter -- who were poisoned in the English town of Salisbury.
London accused Moscow of being behind that incident, an allegation Russia strongly rejected.
Moscow last summoned the Dutch ambassador Renee Jones-Bos along with the Swiss ambassador in September over what Moscow said were “unsubstantiated accusations” that Russian spies had attempted to hack Swiss targets.