“I don’t believe this story at all, it doesn’t make any sense,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, adding that he learned about the hacking collective from British media reports.“In this world, assigning any type of hacker to any country is impossible.”
Britain, the United States and Canada said on Thursday that a group of hackers, known as Dukes or Cozy Bear – with links to Russian intelligence, had targeted research organizations in worldwide – including the UK.
At the same time, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said “Russian actors” attempted to interfere in last year’s general election by “amplifying” government documents stolen online.
The documents – relating to the US-UK trade talks – were picked up by then Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said they were evidence the Tories were preparing to open the NHS to US pharmaceutical companies.
Kelin, who was appointed Moscow’s chief envoy to Britain last November, also dismissed the claim, saying his country had no interest in interfering in British domestic politics.
“I see no point in using this subject as a matter of interference,” said Kelin.
“We’re not intervening at all. We do not see any point of interference because for us, whether it is the Conservative Party or the Labor Party leading this country, we will try to sort out relations and establish better relations than today ”, did he declare.
Meanwhile, Kelin claimed that Russian officials discovered “multiple cyber attacks” originating from British soil during the country’s recent constitutional referendum, which paved the way for President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036.
Kelin said Russia “is not accusing the UK as a state” of being involved in the attacks, but did not give further details on their nature.
Russia and Britain have disagreed since Moscow was accused of attempting to kill double agent Sergei Skripal with a powerful military grade nerve agent in 2018.
The attack on Salisbury, in the south-west of England, occurred 12 years after radiation poisoning by former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London.
Russia has denied involvement and Kelin has said the country is ready to end controversy.
“We are ready to turn the page and we are ready to do business with Britain,” he added.