Russian ambassador to the UK denied allegations that his country’s intelligence services tried to steal coronavirus vaccine research.
Russian ambassador Andrei Kelin told the international news agency, “I don’t believe in this story at all, there is no sense in it,”
UK security services said hackers attacking vaccine developers “almost certainly” operated as “part of Russian intelligence services”.
UK, US, and Canada security services said a hacking group APT29 had attacked organizations involved in developing coronavirus vaccine.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said that it was sure the group was a part of Russian intelligence service.
Mr. Kelin was asked about this matter. He did not answer directly, but said, “I learned about their existence from British media.”
“In this world, to attribute any kind of computer hackers to any country, it is impossible,”
Mr. Kelin also rejected the allegation that Russia had interfered in UK politics.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had said earlier this week that Russians tried to interfere in the 2019 UK election through illicitly-acquired documents.
The documents detailed UK-US trade discussions and labor used them in its election campaign. The papers emerged online.
“I do not see any point in using this subject as a matter of interference,” Mr. Kelin said.
“We do not interfere at all. We do not see any point in interference because for us, whether it will be [the] Conservative Party or Labour’s party at the head of this country, we will try to settle relations and to establish better relations than now.”
Russian ambassador’s interview comes days before Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee was about to publish a report into allegations of wider Russian involvement in UK democracy.