There were sanctions from the EU for the Russian hacker attack on the Bundestag in 2015. Russia is now reacting with further entry bans against German government representatives.
Russia reacted to EU sanctions for the hacker attack on the German Bundestag in 2015 with further entry bans for German citizens. It is a response to the “destructive actions on the part of the EU”, it said in a statement from the Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Tuesday. At first it was not known exactly who and how many people are no longer allowed to enter Russia. Affected are “leading employees of the German security and secret service structures”.
In October, the EU imposed new sanctions on Russia because of the massive hacker attack on the German Bundestag five years ago. Affected are the head of the main directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, one of the suspected hackers and a military unit blamed for cyberattacks. The sanctions regime provides that the EU can freeze assets. In addition, EU entry bans apply to the people.
Only last week, Russia had imposed entry bans on representatives of the German government apparatus in the case of the poisoned Kremlin opponent Alexej Navalny. Moscow was thus reacting to EU sanctions that were already imposed in October. The 44-year-old Navalny is still in Germany for rehab after the poison attack with a chemical warfare agent from the Novitschok group. Russia sees the relationship with Germany, for example in the dispute over Navalny, at a low point.