Albania explains its reasons for severing relations with Iran.
The Washington Post this weekend interviewed Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama on his government’s decision to sever diplomatic relations with Iran over Tehran’s large-scale cyberattack against Albanian IT infrastructure. “Based on the investigation, the scale of the attack was such that the aim behind it was to completely destroy our infrastructure back to the full paper age, and at the same time, wipe out all our data,” Rama told the Post. “Our sense now is first, that they didn’t succeed to destroy infrastructure. Services are back. Second, data. Yes, they took some but practically not of any particular relevance.” He characterized the cyberattacks as aggression, not as destructive, of course, as bombing, but of comparable intent, and comparably inadmissible under international norms.