"If the UK government had really wanted to clarify its relations with our country in the area of cybersecurity at the expert level, it would have agreed on the proposal… to hold relevant consultations among experts in order to remove concerns of London, if any… As we see, there are no concerns, there is simply a wild anti-Russian campaign that fits into the overall anti-Russian policy of the conservative government and the desire to wring money from UK taxpayers for new costs," the spokesperson said.
Now we know why the murky cyber attack story is getting this much spin. Nothing to do with Russia 🇷🇺, follow the money 💸 pic.twitter.com/ICVn79G4eX— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) 18 апреля 2018 г.
He noted that the UK government was deliberately "frightening its population with an imaginary 'Russian threat' instead of engaging in army planning."
The statement came immediately after UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned in a BBC broadcast earlier that day that Russia could retaliate to sanctions and Saturday's Western strikes in Syria with cyberattacks against UK networks and infrastructure.