Estonian formin: Russia's FSB attacks signaling threat beyond Ukraine

  • 2023-12-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Cyberattacks by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) against the United Kingdom prove that Russia poses a threat not only in Ukraine but also attempts to inflict damage in other countries, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs said.

"The announcement by the British government that the Russian Federal Security Service has been committing cyberattacks for years against its democratic institutions with the aim of undermining the democratic process once again proves that Russia is not only a threat in Ukraine, where it is conducting a bloody war of aggression, but also tries to cause harm in other countries," Tsahkna said.

The minister affirmed that Estonia stands for the adherence to international law in cyberspace.

"It is very important for us to maintain an open, stable, and secure cyberspace. For this, countries must act responsibly and adhere to the norms of international law," he stated.

"Therefore, we support the United Kingdom's statement attributing the cyberattacks to the Star Blizzard group led by the Russian FSB. The United Kingdom has received expressions of solidarity from the European Union as well as many other allies -- this is a sign of our unity and commitment to our common values. We affirm that Estonia and all our closest allies are committed to defending the cyberspace and are prepared to respond comprehensively to threats arising from cyberattacks," the foreign minister added.