Danish Defense Minister Trine Bramsen said that the Danish government has no plans to comment on media speculation about the country’s intelligence services.
According to her, systematic attacks on close allies of Denmark are unacceptable, reports BBC.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the surveillance scandal. She believes that the disclosed information is only the tip of the iceberg.
“I think this is just the tip of the iceberg, in fact the situation is much more frightening for the NATO member countries themselves,” Zakharova said.
She noted that EU and NATO countries are deliberately trying not to talk about the story.
“It’s very uncomfortable, but the truth is much scarier than what now appears sporadically in the media. I think they have no idea what is going on in their space,” she stressed.
Zakharova also said that the U.S. has excluded itself from any system of legal coordinates and considers itself “supervisors over everyone and everything.”
“Perhaps now they have decided to throw such a bone to their vassal partners, allowing them not to correlate themselves with the rules either,” the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman added.
Yelena Panina, a member of the Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, commenting on the scandal, opined that this is not because such facts have been disclosed more often, but because they have been talked about more often.
She added that such scandals were actively discussed until 2013, but then the Western media gave up writing about them.
“The reason, apparently, is not the abandonment of such practices by U.S. intelligence agencies, but the total tabooing of this topic in the Western media… By resuming such publications… Germany makes it clear that they are tired of pesky US ‘tutelage,'” the deputy believes.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO was not going to get involved in the scandal. According to the secretary general, he is aware of the situation and that the states affected by the scandal are trying to discuss the facts that have come to light.
“NATO cannot get involved in these issues,” Stoltenberg said.
The European Commission also said it would not get into the essence of the incident, as intelligence issues are not within their competence.
The U.S. White House is ready to cooperate with European allies on the issue of espionage. This was announced by White House spokeswoman Carine Jean-Pierre.
According to her, Washington will work with European allies and partners to “deal with any issues that arise through the appropriate channels of national security.”