Comment by the Information and Press Department on the accusations against Russia by the Dutch defence ministry

We have repeatedly warned the Dutch side, including through diplomatic channels, that the anti-Russian spy mania campaign accompanied by deliberate leaks in the media about the alleged cyberattacks is causing serious harm to bilateral relations.

The Netherlands waited for almost six months to report the deportation of four Russian nationals from the country. This may look strange only to those who are not in the know. On October 9, a session of the OPCW opens to discuss the funding of the Attribution Mechanism in the OPCW Technical Secretariat. A number of Western states are persistently seeking the creation of this mechanism for appointing the “guilty” of using chemical weapons, despite the fact that such a mechanism would violate the norms of international law and the prerogatives of the UN Security Council. Obviously, the current bogus story is yet another step towards forming the “required” political background for pushing through this illegal initiative.

It is unclear who is supposed to believe these statements in which Russian citizens are accused of attempted cyber-attacks on the OPCW and a striving to obtain information of the investigation into the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, as if it is necessary to be near the target of an attack to get it.

Indicatively, against the backdrop of strong paranoia as regards “all-powerful Russian spies” that has been fanned up in the West in the past few years, any Russian citizen with a mobile device is perceived to be a spy although in the logic of Western politicians, they all live in the “backward Russia.”

As for the mention of MH17 crash, it is not at all incidental in this context. The Dutch party seems to have no response to the facts that were presented by the Russian Defence Ministry regarding the origin of the missile that downed the Malaysian airliner and other issues involved in this tragic incident.

We noted that the news conference of the Dutch Defence Ministry was attended by a representative of Great Britain, which is firmly in the lead in the number of absurd anti-Russian attacks.

By a strange concurrence of circumstances, all this again coincided with London’s accusations against Russia of perpetrating cyber-attacks against a number of organisations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Given all of these factors, we can conclude that another staged propaganda campaign against our country is underway.