News / UK and world by Press Association October 18, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May is to call for a “robust” new EU sanctions regime to deter cyber attacks. Speaking at the European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday, the Prime Minister will call for a “proportionate” response to those inflicting harm on the economies and democracies of the EU. And she will tell fellow leaders it was time to “impose costs on all those who seek to attack us, regardless of the means they use to do so”. Mrs May’s call comes shortly after the exposure of four suspected spies from Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency attempting to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. And it comes amid growing concern at Russia’s use of internet troll factories to disrupt elections and foment divisions within Western countries. … [Read more...] about May calls for new EU sanctions regime to hit back at cyber attacks
The new European Union proposal to impose sanctions is part of the bloc’s escalating response to alleged malicious Russian activity in Europe. Sanctions against states behind cyberattacks on European nations are supported to some degree by all members except Italy, according to a confidential EU document seen by Reuters this week. Britain, France, Estonia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have called for the introduction of sanctions, the document reportedly says. Other states including Finland and Sweden support a “gradual response” to any future attacks, which could mean taking other measures before resorting to sanctions. “Responding to large-scale cyberattacks from foreign actors, in particular when they are aimed at our elections, is vital,” EU Security Commissioner Julian King told Reuters. EU diplomats said the plan was also aimed at preventing cyberattacks from other states including China and North Korea. … [Read more...] about Why is Italy resisting EU sanctions against Russia over cyberattacks?
News / UK and world by Press Association October 14, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter New sanctions on countries which use chemical weapons will help “redraw the red line” on the use of the “horrific” substances, Jeremy Hunt said. The Foreign Secretary’s comments came as the European Union prepared to formally adopt a new regime which will allow for asset freezes and travel bans to be imposed on individuals linked to chemical weapons use. The new sanctions system is expected to be approved at a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday and follows the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury which has been blamed on agents from Russia’s GRU military intelligence service. It also comes in the wake of chemical weapons attacks in Syria which have been blamed on Russia’s allies in Bashar Assad’s regime. Mr Hunt said: “For years there has been an … [Read more...] about New EU sanctions system vital for tackling chemical weapons: Hunt
RUSSIAN singing legend Joseph Kobzon has died at the age of 80. The Soviet-era crooner and pal of Vladimir Putin succumbed to a mystery illness at a Moscow clinic. Dubbed Russia's answer to Frank Sinatra, Kobzon was also a successful businessman and politician. But his closeness to the Kremlin hierarchy put him in the firing line as he was slapped with EU sanctions in 2015 following Russia's provocation in Ukraine. At the time he said: "I spit on their sanctions" — and vowed to perform for Russian-speaking supporters in the disputed Donbas region and Crimea. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here. Like us on Facebook … [Read more...] about Joseph Kobzon dead at 80 – Russian ‘Sinatra’ who was pals with Putin and slapped with EU sanctions dies after mystery illness
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will press the European Union on Tuesday to increase sanctions against Russia, saying it should stand "shoulder to shoulder" with the United States, which hit Moscow with new economic restrictions this month. The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the world "a more dangerous place", and that after a chemical weapons attack in the English city of Salisbury, the EU should apply more pressure to ensure Russia sticks to international rules. "Today the United Kingdom asks its allies to go further by calling on the European Union to ensure its sanctions against Russia are comprehensive, and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the U.S.," Hunt will tell a Washington audience in his first major speech since his appointment in July. "That means calling out and responding to transgressions with one voice whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of … [Read more...] about Britain presses for more EU sanctions against Russia