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Berlin recalls Moscow ambassador following Russian cyberattacks



The German government has asked the German ambassador to Moscow, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, to come to Berlin for a week of consultations following cyberattacks on the governing Social Democratic Party (SPD) and German companies.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in Berlin spoke of a standard procedure on Monday.

“The German government takes this event very seriously as behaviour against our liberal democracy and the institutions that support it.’’

Cyberattacks on the SPD and German companies from the logistics, defence, aerospace and IT services sectors have become public recently.

Last week, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Berlin blames a unit of the Russian military intelligence service GRU for a 2023 cyberattack on the centre-left SPD.

“Russian state hackers have attacked Germany in cyberspace,’’ Baerbock said during her visit to Australia in Adelaide.

Cecilia Odey

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