Everyone should already know this, but it appears the Russians were hoping some EU delegates wouldn’t notice the trojan horses in their modern guise.
Since they’ve been caught, the Russians would do better to play it off as a joke in light of the NSA scandal, rather than denying it. No-one believes denials when a former KGB colonel is running the show anyways.
Then again, it could be that the manufacturer or retailer had put the trojans on the drives and the Russians just didn’t check them before handing them out. That would cause a bit of panic, trying to follow the supply chain down to who did it, then branching back out to find who all got one.
Perhaps I’m looking for clever where there isn’t any… Oh well.