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Statement of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu

20. February 2020 - 15:31

Estonia supports Georgia, the United States, the United Kingdom and several European Union Member States in attributing a large-scale cyberattack, which took place in October 2019 against Georgian websites, to the Russian Military Intelligence Service GRU. The aim of this cyber operation was to discredit the Georgian state and create confusion. This reckless conduct demonstrates once again Russia’s disrespect for the norms of responsible state behaviour as well as reduces stability in cyberspace. As a result of practicing unlawful cyber operations, Russia should be held accountable according to existing international norms and treaties.

The recent malicious cyber operations are part of increased hybrid and subversive activities by Russia which include conducting illegal elections in the occupied territories, the worsening situation along the South Ossetian and Abkhazian Administrative Boundary Line, and intensified disinformation campaigns. Cyberattacks and other active measures conducted by the Russian Intelligence Services in the territories of Georgia as well as the European Union and NATO Allies are unacceptable and must stop.

Estonia reiterates its unwavering support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and continues to support Georgia’s integration into the European Union and NATO. In addition, Estonia remains committed to contributing to the development of the cyber stability framework.

Additional information:

Britta Tarvis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
+372 637 7627 / +372 5194 7045

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