“Russia may target Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina”: NATO Deputy Secretary-General

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana warns that Russia may try to attack Georgian and Bosnian critical digital infrastructure, as it did when it invaded Ukraine.

Mircea Geoana, NATO’s Deputy Secretary-General, said on Tuesday, May 17, that Georgia and Bosnia, and Herzegovina may soon become targets for Russia. He specified that the attack may be e.g. in the form of a massive cyberattack. Secretary Geoana stated that NATO is ramping up its support for the two countries to boost their defensive capabilities, including against cyber warfare.

As Mr. Geoana explained, Ukraine had proven “how big of an importance for defence and deterrence by NATO is the strengthening of cyber security,” going so far as to call it “NATO priority”. He pointed to the massive cyber attacks carried out against the Ukrainian government and military, as well as other critical infrastructure on the day of Russia’s invasion, concluding that “[c]yber attacks are, next to disinformation and digital espionage, a part of a new kind of warfare.”