Russia summons US ambassador

Russia summoned Ambassador Sullivan on the grounds that giant US technology companies interfered in the upcoming congressional elections.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on September 10 that Ambassador John Sullivan had been provided with “indisputable evidence” that US technology companies violated Russian law in connection with the election of the State Duma. scheduled for September 17-19.

In a meeting with the US ambassador, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Russia “cannot accept the behavior of interference in its internal affairs”.

Ambassador John Sullivan after attending a trial of an American citizen in Moscow, Russia on June 28.  Photo: RIA Novosti.

Ambassador John Sullivan after attending a trial of an American citizen in Moscow, Russia on June 28. Photo: RIA Novosti.

State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said Ambassador Sullivan’s meeting with Russian officials discussed a range of bilateral issues in support of President Joe Biden’s desire for a stable and predictable relationship. okay with Russia. Porter did not mention allegations that American companies interfered in the Russian election.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, objected to the US side not mentioning the allegation of election interference. “The only reason is election interference in Russia. We hope this is what US diplomats will report to Washington,” Zakharova posted on the social network Telegram.

US technology corporations including Facebook, Twitter and Google recently faced a series of fines for not removing content as requested by the Federal Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communication Supervisory Authority. Russia (Roskomnadzor), and does not store Russian user data on servers in the country.

The US has accused Russia of meddling in elections in this country and launching large-scale cyber attacks, which has escalated tensions between the two countries. In response, Russia claimed that the West interfered in its internal affairs and discriminated against its media.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on September 10 that the West had “de facto declared war on Russian media”, including refusing to issue visas or work permits to Russian journalists.

Nguyen Tien (Follow AFP)

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