Latvia expresses its support for the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the Netherlands, which, on 4 October 2018, publicised information on cyber-attacks staged by the military intelligence service of the Russian Federation, including attempted cyber-attacks on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the World Anti-Doping Agency and other civilian targets worldwide.
Latvia condemns the irresponsible actions by Russia’s military intelligence service, the aim of them being to influence democratic processes, undermine the work of international institutions and endanger safe functioning of civilian infrastructure. Compliance with international norms in cyber space is a fundamental condition for it to remain free, safe, secure and open. Russia’s actions are contrary to those principles, and indicative once again of systematic efforts by Russia to undermine the rules-based international order.
The international community should be prepared to target those responsible for the attacks to prevent such actions from going unpunished. Latvia will continue to cooperate with its allies and partners seeking to collectively strengthen security in cyber space and prevent further cyber-attacks.