Germany, UK may slap more sanctions on Russia amid hacking accusations

Germany, UK may slap more sanctions on Russia amid hacking accusations

On Thursday, the US Justice Department announced charges against seven alleged Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking doping agencies and other international organizations.

Bloomberg has cited Britain's de facto Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington as saying that London and Berlin may slap more punitive measures on Moscow over the alleged hacking activity of  Russian military intelligence.

"We have to be ready to take action either on our own or preferably in concert with allies if appropriate," Lidington pointed out, Sputnik reports.

He was echoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief spokesman Steffen Seibert, who said that additional sanctions against Russia are currently under discussion between Germany and its European partners.

The statement came a few days after the British Foreign Office stated that London had assessed "with high confidence" that the Russian military intelligence service was "almost certainly" responsible for a series of cyberattacks on political institutions, media outlets and infrastructure across the globe, including in Britain.

The Russian Embassy in the UK, in turn, urged British authorities to immediately provide information on Moscow's alleged attempts to conduct cyberattacks against London.