Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, on Thursday dismissed US claims that it was involved in cyberattacks on US infrastructure as “nonsense” after Washington imposed sanctions on Moscow.
“We will only say that reading this nonsense is an occupation of little interest,” the SVR said in a statement, referring to a US executive order announcing the punitive measures.
The statement carried by Russian news agencies also called the US executive order an example of “verbiage” and extolled the intelligence agency’s “supreme professionalism” and its “ability to carry out its work honestly for the benefit of our country”.
Earlier Thursday, the US announced economic sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin’s US election interference, the massive SolarWinds cyber attack and other hostile activity.
Moscow said that a Russian response to the new US sanctions was “inevitable” and summoned US ambassador John Sullivan.
In other news – AKA’s fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe to be laid to rest
The late Anele Tembe will be buried in Durban. The fiancée of rapper and entrepreneur Kiernan Forbes, popularly known as AKA, died on Sunday after falling from the 10th floor of a hotel in Cape Town.
On Thursday, the Tembe family held a private memorial for the late 22-year-old and is asking for privacy. The details surrounding Tembe’s death are still being investigated. Learn more