Incumbent President Barack Obama stated that there is “clear evidence” of Russian involvement in hacker attacks on U.S. government resources. He told about it during a press conference in Berlin following talks with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. Full recording of the event published on the official White house channel on YouTube.
“As I said, was clear evidence that they [the Russian hackers. —] involved in the cyber attacks. This is not a new phenomenon for Russia,” said Obama.
The white house has repeatedly accused Russia of involvement in the hacking of computer networks of the political parties of the United States, in particular, electronic communications of the leaders of the Democratic party.
In early August Obama during a press conference said that the possible involvement of Russia to the attacks on the servers of the Democrats are unlikely to seriously affect relations between the two countries. In his words, Washington and Moscow more important topic, “where there is still common interests”
He stressed that the US has “a lot of disagreements with Russia on a range of issues.” “But I think we would try to focus on those areas where we still have common interests,” Obama said.
In early November, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry said that Barack Obama will provide Russia’s answer to cyber attacks by hackers in a “timely manner”. He stressed that the question of “just sitting”, not “taking the response,” no.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov called the threat from the American side unprecedented and promised to take action. According to him, amid threats of “we [Russia. —] it is necessary to take measures to protect interests, to hedge their risks.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that US threats to organize a cyber attack against Russia violate international norms. “For the first time at such a high level, the United States recognizes that they are engaged and to some extent threatened, that, of course, does not meet the standards of international communication,” Putin said. He also noted that data published by hackers there is nothing in the interests of Russia, hysteria-mongering to distract from their content.