Germany protests to Russia over wave of cyber attacks

Germany has accused Russia of launching a series of cyberattacks on politicians, allegedly blocking Moscow from deciding on a successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel in this month’s elections.

Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it held Russia responsible for illegally targeting politicians in many countries and regions in “phishing” emails to access personal information.

These “unacceptable behaviors” pose a risk to Germany’s security and its democratic decision-making process. [placed] Andrea Sasse, a spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry, puts a heavy burden on bilateral relations with Russia. “

According to Sasse, Secretary of State Miguel Berger passed the German protest directly to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov at a meeting of the Security Policy Working Group of both countries last week.

Warnings precede what appears to be the most open elections in recent German history, and polls could signal the arrival of months of uncertainty in Europe’s most powerful nation. Point out some decisive results.It lowers the curtain Merkel’s 16-year reign As prime minister.

Several polls point to the victory of the centre-left Social Democratic Party and their candidate for prime minister, Olaf Scholz. NS INSA poll Announced on Monday, SPD is 26 percent, CDU / CSU is 20.5 percent, opposition Greens is 15.5 percent, and professional business Liberal Democrats are 12.5 percent.

It is unknown which party Moscow wants to win the election. Both CDU / CSU prime minister candidates Scholz and Armin Laschet gave Russia an emollient tone.

However, Greens candidate Annalena Baerbock is very critical of the Kremlin and is a pipeline across the Baltic Sea that bypasses Ukraine and carries Russian gas directly to Europe Nord Stream 2. I am against. Critics say it will increase Europe’s reliance on Russia’s energy exports.

In Berlin, there is growing concern that Russia may attempt to recreate its interference with the 2016 US elections. Thomas Haldenwang, head of the German national intelligence agency BfV, said: Said in July Foreign intelligence agencies saw parliamentary elections as an “important goal” and were looking for ways to…