After accusing the US on Wednesday for meddling in Russian elections, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova stressed on Thursday, as quoted by Russian media, that current US efforts are marked by a significant use of technology.
Zakharova pointed that the US uses very profound technological base for its interference in Russia’s sovereign affairs made by the same American tech giants and monopolies that are seemingly separated from the state.
Those IT giants pursue at the same time a course that is favorable to Washington on the international arena, clearly showing that new technologies are being used to meddle in affairs of other states.
Russian Federation Council’s Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty and Preventing Interference in the Domestic Affairs of the Russian Federation invited Google and Apple representatives to a meeting.
Zakharova underlined that if Big Tech companies fail to participate in the meeting, it would amount to automatically admitting their involvement in meddling in Russia’s State Duma elections. Andrey Klimov, who heads the committee, said on Wednesday that Russian legislators had a number of questions for them.
On September 10, the US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry where he met with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.
Ryabkov reportedly presented Sullivan evidence that US tech giants are violating Russian laws on the eve of elections to the 8th Russian State Duma scheduled for September 19, stressing that it is unacceptable for the US to interfere in the domestic affairs of Russia.