After he was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on September 10, the US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan pledged to study documents regarding the US companies’ interference in Russia’s elections he was presented with.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov reportedly presented Sullivan evidence that on the eve of elections, US tech giants are violating Russian laws, stressing at the same time that it is unacceptable for the US to interfere in the domestic affairs of Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov informed later that Sullivan was given serious, concrete evidence he promised to verify, stressing that they’re waiting for an answer from the US colleagues on why that is happening.
He noted Moscow has reasons to believe that the US authorities are well aware and not completely helpless on this particular issue despite its statements about the Big Tech companies’ independence from the government.
Russian newspaper Kommersant reported on Tuesday, citing a diplomatic source, that Russia has a colossal amount of unreleased information on alleged US intervention in the Russian elections.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed later the Kommersant article is true, saying that Moscow is in possession of evidence regarding the US intelligence agencies and IT companies’ meddling in the Russian elections.
According to the Russian national IT watchdog, IP addresses associated with the ‘Smart Vote’ app developers have connections to the Pentagon and its technical support are mostly located in the US.