The ambassador of the United States in Russia was seen giving evidence of attempts of American interference in the next Russian legislative, according to the head of diplomacy Sergei Lavrov, who hopes “to know why this happened”.
Moscow is awaiting explanation after handing over to the US Ambassador to Russia a dossier on alleged US interference attempts in the upcoming Russian parliamentary elections from September 17 to 19, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. in Dushanbe in Tajikistan.
The senior diplomat said on September 15 that evidence had been presented to Ambassador John Sullivan, summoned for a meeting on September 10.
Our Western colleagues do not hide the fact that many of them would rather deal with a weak Russia
“It’s pretty serious, really. We are still waiting for a response from our American colleagues to find out why this happened, ”Sergey Lavrov explained. These accusations relate to the refusal of American digital giants to block on Russian territory access to content prohibited by local law.
Recently condemned Facebook and Twitter in Russia
The Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications and Information Technology (Roskomnadzor) has issued multiple warnings to companies like Apple and Google, as well as to VPN service providers Cloudflare and Cisco, on the grounds that these companies are violating the laws election campaign: “During the pre-election campaign, it is prohibited to allow violations of Russian law, including that related to the election campaign on the Internet.”
These statements by Russian authorities come as Facebook and Twitter were sentenced on September 14 by the Moscow court to further fines for refusing to remove content deemed illegal by the country’s law. The two digital giants were fined 21 million rubles (245,000 euros) for Facebook and 5 million rubles (58,200 euros) for Twitter.
In July, Sergei Lavrov said the parliamentary elections could be subject to possible foreign interference, while the polls will begin on September 17. “Our Western colleagues do not hide the fact that many of them would prefer to deal with a weak Russia, devoid of benchmarks, a Russia ready to make any concessions. We are seeing efforts, almost daily, to influence our domestic and foreign policy, ”he added.