Boris Johnson, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, U.K. will issue a warning against Russia to stop cyber-attacks. He outlined that Russia must put cyber-attacks to an end or face retaliation of the same kind.
Mr. Johnson stated that the U.K. has no ill intentions for online attacks, but possesses the technical capability to counter cyber-espionage. In past five years, he became the first U.K. foreign secretary to visit Russia.
The U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May made an accusation that Russia was constantly putting efforts to “undermine free societies” in November. She issued a warning about the potential hazards of Russia’s “sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption”.
Theresa May’s criticisms reflected in the comments of Ciaran Martin, the Chief Executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre. He outlined that Russia was “seeking to undermine the international system”.
Commenting on the relationship prior to the trip to Russia, Mr. Johnson said that relations between two countries ‘haven’t been so bad for a very long time’.
“There are areas in which Russia is behaving in a more hostile way towards our interests than at any time since the end of the Cold War,” he added. “I will make clear… that there are things that we find extremely difficult to accept, and we can’t accept.”
Mr. Johnson will meet his Russian counterpart to discuss the threats presented to the global security by North Korea along with matter of a political settlement in Syria, and discussing the Iranian nuclear deal.
At the meeting, Mr. Johnson will also discuss about the safety of English football fans as Russia hosts the World Cup in 2018.