Switzerland reports increase in cyberattacks ahead of Peace Summit

June 11,2024 260
Switzerland reports increase in cyberattacks ahead of Peace Summit

An increase in cyberattacks was recorded shortly before the Peace Summit in Switzerland, which will take place on June 15-16. The country’s government reported the information threat, Reuters writes.

At the same time, attacks on Viola Amherd, President of the Swiss Confederation, have intensified in the Russian media. In response to journalists’ questions, Amherd stated that summoning the Russian ambassador is not currently planned.

That’s how I wanted it, because the disinformation campaign is so extreme that one can see that little of it reflects reality,” Amherd said.

The country’s foreign minister, Ignazio Cassis, declined to say whether Russia is behind the attacks, but acknowledged that there is a clear “interest” in disrupting the summit. The high-level meeting will cover issues of international concern, such as the need for nuclear and food security, freedom of navigation, as well as humanitarian issues like the exchange of prisoners of war, the diplomat said.

Cassis added that the Peace Summit is expected to conclude with the adoption of a final declaration, which should ideally be supported unanimously. The document aims to determine the next step in the peace process.

The Peace Summit will be held at the Bürgenstock resort near Lucerne. The Ukrainian World Congress delegation plans to attend. 

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) called on Ukrainian communities worldwide to appeal to their governments and leaders with a proposal to participate in this meeting. 

Earlier, Vitaly Portnikov, a renowned Ukrainian journalist and the Shevchenko Prize recipient, said that Russia and China are not so much trying to disrupt the Peace Summit as they are attempting to change its agenda, demonstrate that alternative peace plans exist, and reduce the idea of ending the war to a mere ceasefire.

On June 2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated at the Shangri-La Dialogue Asian security summit in Singapore that China is persuading several countries not to participate in the high-level meeting.

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