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Russian Officials Take Seriously Cyber Attack Threat by Biden

Oct. 16, 2016 (EIRNS)—Russian officials have responded sharply to the threat of U.S. cyber attack delivered by Vice President Joseph Biden, in an interview with NBC. Russia Channel One featured the Biden threat as the second lead news item after the BRICS summit, reporting that

“Moscow took sharp notice of the fact that this threat was voiced at such a high political level. In the U.S.A., by the way, after Biden’s statement the media started reporting that some kind of overall answer to Russia is in preparation. What it might be, no one knows. Recently at the State Department there was talk about Russia losing more planes in Syria and sending its servicemen home in bodybags.”

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov issued a statement Oct. 16, declaring

“The fact is, U.S. unpredictability and aggression keep growing, and such threats against Moscow and our country’s leadership are unprecedented, because the threat is being announced at the level of the U.S. Vice President. Of course, given such an aggressive, unpredictable line, we have to take measures to protect our interests; somehow hedge the risks. Such unpredictability is dangerous for the whole world.”

Konstantin Kosachov, the head of the Federation Council (upper house) Committee on International Affairs, told Russia Channel One’s prime time "Vremya" news program that

“This is a direct threat of the use of force by the U.S.A.; an unprecedented event. There has been nothing like this since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. This is a threat of cyber terrorism, coming from a state. It is an emergency, which should be taken up at the level of the UNSC, and which requires Russia to take all possible measures to insure its national security.”

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