London and Washington publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading NotPetya virus
Britain last Thursday accused the Russian military of being behind last year's “NotPetya” cyber-attack, which started in Ukraine before spreading globally, affecting thousands of computers, news wires reported. “The UK Government judges that the Russian Government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017,” Foreign Office minister with responsibility for cybersecurity, Tariq Ahmad, said in a statement. “The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise but its purpose was principally to disrupt,” he noted.
EU will help people to 'win the peace', Mogherini said
Iraq received promises of billions of dollars from allies last Wednesday, mostly in credit facilities and investment pledges, but has so far fallen short of the amount the government says is needed to recover from three years of war, news wires reported.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic last Monday paid a visit to Croatia in attempt to warm chronically strained relations between the two Western Balkans countries. He discussed with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and PM Andrej Plenkovic sore issues such as people missing since the war in 1990s, judicial cooperation, border disputes and property stolen or damaged during the conflict.
Netanyahu faces bribery charges
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared he will continue to lead Israel despite police recommendation to be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of corruption cases. Israeli police issued last Tuesday the findings of an investigation that lasted more than a year, which alleged that Netanyahu and his family accepted around 1m shekels ($280,000) worth of cigars, champagne and jewellery from 2007 to 2016 from two billionaires.
IS remains a serious threat for Washington
The US urged allies last Tuesday to stay focused on fighting the Islamic State group, saying Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria had “detracted” from the anti-jihadist battle.