Russian diplomat advises U.S. to look in mirror over cyber attacks accusations against Russia

The United States, which accuses Russia of cyberespionage should treat their own actions in a more critical manner, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's new challenges and threats department Ilya Rogachyov said.

The United States, which accuses Russia of cyberespionage should treat their own actions in a more critical manner, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's new challenges and threats department Ilya Rogachyov said.

"Instead of throwing some slogans around the media accusing Russia of every deadly sin and frightening voters, one should look in a mirror. Cyberspace is littered with malicious programs with 'made in U.S.' signs," Rogachyov told Interfax in commenting on reports that Russia may be behind cyber attacks on the U.S. White House.

One should solve such issues in bilateral dialog, but Washington froze the channels through which such things may be discussed, he said.

"We had channels though which we discussed many issues in this sphere. Almost everything was frozen at the initiative of the American side at which we have been pointing many times at various levels," Rogachyov said.

He recalled that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "has many times pointed out that the Russian-U.S. presidential commission had many working groups on the most pressing issues on the multilateral and bilateral agendas, in particular bilateral constellations on international information security took place." "Now it has gone," Rogachyov noted.

"One of course can make such statements in the media but this will result in nothing fruitful," he said, noting that "Americans have deprived themselves of the best option to influence the situation that they consider wrong."

Making such accusations through the media against Russia, "the American side does not bother to provide proof," Rogachyov said.

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