Germany says it has to assume Russian Federation behind recent cyber attack

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned against demonising Russian Federation and said Germany had a particular role to play in maintaining dialogue with Moscow, given its history.

Steinmeir noted that the Salisbury incident gave rise to concern. "However, we should not give up attempts to do so through direct dialogue", Steinmeier added. Russia also denied it was behind the poison gas attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter. "On the other hand, we should be equally concerned about the rapidly growing alienation between Russian Federation and the West, with the consequences going far beyond the scope of that incident", he stressed. "There is practically no basis of trust any more".

"We had an attack on the Foreign Ministry where we have to assume that it stemmed from Russian Federation", he said. "Our history speaks against it, and there is too much at stake".

The German government has to assume that a cyber attack on its Foreign Ministry stemmed from Russia, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the broadcaster ZDF on Sunday.

Germany, which relies on Russian Federation for about a third of the gas it uses, has long walked a careful line with Moscow - pushing for continued sanctions over Ukraine and eastern Ukraine while also maintaining dialogue and trade relations.